November 2018

Evening Standard – Jo Burke 15/11/2018
KERB will open a new food hall concept called Seven Dials Market.
The West End is set to get its first  permanent covered food market at a former banana and cucumber warehouse near Covent Garden, the Evening Standard can reveal.
The venue will be called Seven Dials Market and have space for about 26 traders and seating areas for hundreds of visitors.
Street food operator KERB, known for hosting stalls in the City and Paddington, has agreed to operate inside a building for the first time.
Although there are open-air markets such as Soho’s Berwick Street Market operating in the West End, the nearest covered foodie destination is Borough Market across the river. The new venue will be yards from the site of the former fruit, vegetable and flower markets in Covent Garden piazza, which relocated to Nine Elms in 1974.
KERB’s Finchley-born managing director Simon Mitchell expects Seven Dials Market to open by next summer, and told the Standard: “We believe we will be the West End’s only dedicated covered food market. We have long been looking for a permanent home like this.”
He added that there will be fresh produce stalls, hot food and grab-and-go meals. He is looking for start-ups and independent vendors to take space.
KERB’s other uncovered markets have hosted firms such as Burger & Beyond, Nonna’s Gelato and Melter Meatballs.
Mr Mitchell said: “We’ve worked closely with upwards of 150 brilliant independent food entrepreneurs over the last six years and see Seven Dials Market as the next step for us and them in this journey.”
The company has signed a lease with the landlord, property company Shaftesbury, to take over 22,000 square feet of Thomas Neal’s Warehouse.
Shaftesbury, which also owns swathes of Carnaby Street and Chinatown, has invested to redevelop Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, transforming it from its more recent use as a shopping centre.
Tom Welton, executive director at Shaftesbury, called it a “significant building that required something special to give it a renewed purpose”.
The Seven Dials area has 32 million annual visitors, and the market is expected to boost shopper footfall further.
Nicholas Marks at property agent James Andrew International, which brokered the deal alongside JLL and Nash Bond, said that despite economic uncertainty “London remains one of the food capitals of the world”.