Become a trader

Have you ever thought about becoming a market trader?

  • Low cost
  • Low risk
  • Great community
  • Expert advice and support

Or have you ever thought about starting your own business? Are you currently running an online business and looking for a physical presence in the centre of one of the busiest, most popular tourist destinations in the UK? Are you currently selling from a shop but can’t afford the high rents and business rates?

Promotional offers to new businesses

Chester market is the destination to visit offering foods from around the world, community seating hub and niche stalls. We are interested to hear from traders offering quality products:

  • Cycle shop/bike building
  • Delicatessen
  • Quality vintage clothing
  • Tailoring/alterations/haberdashery

The dedicated Cheshire West and Chester Business Growth Team can provide you with help and support get your business off the ground.

It can signpost you to available advice, networking, events, training, premises and any wider support to help your business grow.

Contact the team by email:

Casual stalls

Chester Market offers flexible trading hours for casual traders. Do you want to choose your own trading day? Be part of a vibrant popular market?

Register your interest now using the form below or call the Market Team:

Why should you start in a market?

Markets have always been part of British heritage and they are quickly becoming one of the most popular, trendy places to shop for bargains, one-off gems and high-quality products that you won’t find on a regular high street.

Becoming a market trader at Chester Market is a low cost, low risk way of starting up as we offer short term leases with very competitive rent levels. You will be surrounded by experienced, knowledgeable business owners who you can share ideas and insights with to help improve each other’s businesses, as well as expert advice from market management and site staff.

Also as an added bonus, because all the Chester Market units fall under the council requirements you might be able to apply for 100% off business rates.

Email us to register your interest and a member of staff will be in contact soon.


Opening hours

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2022: closed

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am – 10pm
Sunday: closed

The alfresco area is also open for outdoor hospitality.

Parking discount

Parked in the Market car park?

You can now receive £1 off your parking by simply scanning your ticket in Chester Market. Why not take the opportunity to check out the fabulous stalls Chester Market has to offer?

The discount can be applied at the start or end of your visit to Chester.

Park and Ride

  • Monday to Friday: every 12 minutes between 7am and 7pm
  • Saturdays: 8am and 7pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: every 15 minutes between 9.30am and 6pm

Just £2 for a return ticket and you can hop on and off all day.

Free travel on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm.

Kids go free – two children (under 16) travel free with an adult.