The Market flourished through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Then, on Boxing Day 1950, the Fruit and Vegetable area caught fire and was destroyed. A temporary structure was put in place, but it was not until 1976 that the Market's Fruit & Veg Hall was completed.
And now, it's time for something exciting again. The floor in the Fruit and Veg Hall has not been replaced in decades, it's old and it's uneven. So we're taking it up and laying a flat new surface, that will make getting around the Market easier and safer (just think of that as you pull your shopping trolley behind you).
When the traders move back in to the Hall in July, they'll have their own coolrooms and hot and cold water at each stall. We're installing a new waste and recycling facility, putting in another entry from Elizabeth Street and a brand new shopping aisle to add to the range of fresh produce and delicacies you can select for your table.
What does this mean for you in the meantime?
Traders based in the Fruit and Veg Hall will move into giant marquees in Market Lane and in our Market Square, so from Tuesday 4th June 2013 that is where you will find everyone.
Butchers, poulterers and fishmongers in the Bracher Arcade will trade as usual, as will our traders in the Deli Arcade.
Market Lane Coffee, Fritz Gelato, Health Bowl Cafe and the Essential Ingredient will continue to be open and accessible along Elizabeth Street.
Speaking of Elizabeth Street - watch out for the parking zones! Some of the street parking is now permit zone only for construction vehicles. This is only during the works period. Stop by the Market kiosk on the Elizabeth Street entry to Market Lane to collect a voucher for 1 hour free parking at the Elizabeth Street carpark.
There will be large maps at the entrances and you might find yourself shopping at different stalls for once - shaking it up a little bit! But at the end of this process, we hope to have the finest produce Market of its kind in Australia, if not the world. And once we've built a new Fruit and Veg Hall, then it's time to make new memories.