Saint Lucia’s iconic Castries Market has a major new look, thanks to a partial completion of the first phase of its Market Redevelopment Project.
The project, which first began last year, has added a colorful new character to the market, which was built in 1891.
But it’s not just cosmetic — the revamped facility has 100 stalls for organic produce vendors, while the comfort station was spruced up and refurbished.
“Not only will this create a nexus between authentic Saint Lucian products and the export market, but visitors to our shores would be able to be a part of this experience. The Castries Market bears so much rich history and will become an even greater staple in the city’s center, once complete,” said Saint Lucia Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee.
The project will also create a “Container Box Park” for micro-enterprising cosmetic shops, cafes, pubs and eateries.
The wider project will also add a “state-of-the-art” food court, high-end restaurants and meat and fish depots, among other additions.
“This reopening will provide many opportunities for growth among traders and an opportunity for vendors to make it truly their own. It is also more than a market, it is a tourism product and a one stop center for business needs,” said Castries Mayor Peterson Francis.
The second phase of the project will see the building of a new viewing tower and duty free shopping stores.