URA launches a new round of Graham Street Market Promotion
The Urban Renewal Authority today (Wednesday) kicked-off the third round of promotional activity to enliven a century-old open market in Central, which is located outside the boundary of URA's Peel Street/Graham Street project. About 70 shops and stall operators have participated in the three-week event.
Starting from today until 26 September, patrons can use the cash coupons distributed at Graham Street Market and various MTR stations in Hong Kong for purchases at the participating shops and stalls. They will also be rewarded with special gifts made of environmentally friendly materials, such as shopping trolley, apron, hot pad, mitten, cleaning cloth and bowl.
The opening ceremony today was officiated by URA Board Member and Chairman of URA's Central and Western District Advisory Committee, Mr Edward Chow Kwong-fai; Chairman of Central & Western District Council, Mr Yip Wing-shing; District Officer (Central and Western) Miss Cheryl Chow; Graham Street Market operator representative Mr Hui Wai-kin and artist Ms Maria Cordero.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Edward Chow Kwong-fai said: "Although the Graham Street Market is situated outside the URA's redevelopment area, it plays a vital role in the daily life of nearby residents. The URA attaches great importance to the sustainable development of Graham Street Market and proactively takes measures to sustain and enhance its vibrancy."
Since the commencement of the Peel Street/Graham Street project in 2007, the URA has launched a series of initiatives to improve the business environment of the stall operators, including installing electricity meters for them, redesigning for safer and more user-friendly stalls and organising various promotional campaigns.
The project is being implemented in two phases. Construction of the two-storey retail block for selling fresh food, which will be easily accessible from all directions, in Site B of Phase 1 is expected to be completed next year. Those who have opted for the URA's Local Fresh Food Shop Arrangement will have priority to rent shop spaces there upon completion. Demolition works in Sites A and C will begin before end of this year.