Bradford’s premier bazaar has been granted planning permission from Bradford Council to extend its premises and add a further 30 stalls. This extension will make Bradford Bazaar, based on Cemetery Road, the largest indoor bazaar in Yorkshire.
Bradford Bazaar’s owner, Jas Maharaja of Maharaja Fabrics, was the brainchild behind the concept as he saw a gap in the market for Asian shopping under one roof. Since its grand opening in April 2012, several Bazaars have come and gone but Bradford Bazaar seems to grow in status every year.
Initially launched with forty stalls, it doubled its size to its current capacity of 100 within three years. The new extension will add a further 30 stalls making it the largest bazaar in the region.
At a time when regeneration is in full swing in Bradford with the opening of the Broadway Shopping Centre and the potential development of the old Odeon cinema in the city centre, Bradford Bazaar’s development further adds to the growing optimism that the city is finally turning the corner. Much of the progress of the last few years is down to the current council and the leaders who are responsible for allowing and encouraging business development in the city centre and beyond.
Mr Maharaja tells Urban Echo, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bradford Council for granting permission for our much needed extension. This is also fantastic news for Bradford after the opening of the Broadway Shopping Centre and other developments taking place in the city.
“Bradford Bazaar’s extension will create over 100 new jobs and as a proud Bradfordian, I am excited with the new lease of life the city is enjoying at the moment. Our Bazaar attracts customers from all over the country and once customers arrive in Bradford, they love the city and the people.
Asked about what else the Bradford Bazaar offers and what makes it unique compared to other bazaars, Mr Maharaja states, “We have a very friendly and homely atmosphere and the stalls we have, cater for customers from all walks of life. The popularity of the Bazaar meant that the extension was very much needed to cater for the demands of the both the businesses and customers. We also provide freshly cooked meals all day that are prepared within the Bazaar as well as regular live entertainment and activities for children. We want our customers to enjoy the experience where the entire family can come out a make a day out of the visit.”