• Beloved Greater Manchester Food Hall Closes Due To Unforeseen Rising Costs

Beloved Greater Manchester Food Hall Closes Due To Unforeseen Rising Costs

21 March 2023 by Sam Easton

Sadly, another week goes by and another closure announcement crops up and unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to Sale Food Hall.

Part of the ‘Food hall’ group and partnered with its sister venue in Stretford, the Sale Food hall was a well-loved community venue in the heart of Sale. Housing rotating food vendors, a coffee shop and a convenience store, the venue had something for everyone and quickly became a favourite amongst locals and those in the Greater Manchester area.

However, all good things can not last and in a phrase that is becoming far too familiar, the food hall simply could not keep up with unprecedented cost increases we’ve seen in the last 12 months.

The decision to close was announced yesterday via an Instagram post and the shock and outpour from the Manchester food community has been audible. You'll still have a chance to bask in the familiar glow of the popular food hall as their final day of trading will be on the 2nd April. So, soak up the last of the vibes while you still can, you truly don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

In slightly more positive news, their second venue in Stretford will remain open so we urge you to go and support them there.

The Food Halls group announced the sad news with the following statement yesterday:

“After facing unprecedented cost increases over the last 12 months, we are unable to keep the business moving forward sustainably. Sadly, we have made the decision that Sale Foodhall will close. We will be trading up to and including the 2nd April 2023.

We share this news with a heavy heart. It is really tough at the moment for hospitality businesses, independent businesses, retailers, makers - everyone really! We know that you, our guests and followers, are feeling it too and we’re sorry that we couldn’t keep serving you in Sale.

As one of the first independent businesses to arrive in Stanley Square, it’s been wonderful to be a part of the journey of the town so far. We have become so invested - it’s tough to let it go but we have not been able to find a way forward. Rising costs, especially in terms of power, have proved insurmountable for us here in Sale. We take with us warm memories of Groceries & Beer and witnessing the transformation of the mall! 

Our priority is to keep our colleagues in jobs and so we’re focused on that right now. Our Stretford Foodhall remains open.We’d like to thank all the talented traders, makers, creators and everyone else who has been part of our story in Sale. And especially our customers who have welcomed us into the community from day one. Warm thanks to all the team at Stanley Square who have supported our journey since we met in 2019.

Wishing all our neighbours and fellow businesses the best - Onwards and upwards - to everyone.”