Nick Johnson: Why My Food Markets Matter

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Can food markets revitalise tired towns and cities?

And help them regain a sense of place?

According to food market developer, Nick Johnson, the answer is yes.

An enthusiast of independent food retail, Nick is the founder of Market Operations.

Market Operations has developed three celebrated food markets in the greater Manchester area of England:

They’re Altrincham Market, Mackie Mayor and Picturedrome.

Prior to entering the food market world, Nick spent decades developing commercial real estate – largely in and around Manchester.

Once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, by the 1980s, the city was blighted by deindustrialisation.

It was at that time that Nick spotted an opportunity to convert Manchester’s charming – but crumbling – 19th Century factories and warehouses into design-led residential, office and retail spaces.

In today’s podcast, Nick shares with you how he helped turn Manchester around.

And how he develops flourishing independent food markets.

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Altrincham Market

Altrincham Market

Altrincham Market

Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor

Picturedrome

Picturedrome

Picturedrome

*Photography by Claire Harrison Photography

Links related to this episode

Altrincham Market:

Mackie Mayor:

Picturedrome Macclesfield: