How Hull's historic Fruit Market is coming back to life as lockdown eases

HOSPITALITY businesses based in Hull’s Fruit Market have stressed that customer safety is paramount as they prepare to re-open.

Hull's Fruit Market is coming back to life.

Small business owners in the waterfront urban village said they can’t wait to welcome their staff and customers back after more than three months of closure due to the pandemic.

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Lee Kirman, the co-owner of the Minerva pub, Humber Street Distillery Co and Taphouse Brewpub, said all three businesses adapted to provide takeaway services during lockdown and they are now looking forward to welcoming customers face to face.

He said: “While we’re slightly apprehensive about re-opening, we’re relieved and very happy to be able to return.

“We’re really looking forward to our staff and customers coming back.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly and, if customers plan in advance, they can enjoy a few venues around the Fruit Market. We have hand sanitiser inside and outside, there will be screens at the bars and staff will wear gloves.

“We’re all friends around the Fruit Market and we’re supporting each other in coming back.”

Businesses in the Fruit Market have been supported during the lockdown by the Wykeland Beal joint venture of Wykeland Group and Beal Homes, which is behind the area’s regeneration. The joint venture has also been working in partnership with Hull City Council.

Tom Watson, the Chartered Development Surveyor at Wykeland Group, said: “It’s great that the vast majority of businesses in the Fruit Market can now re-open and their return is a great tribute to the resilience of these independent traders.”

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