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Undercover farmers and artisan markets are coming to Stockland Glendale!

Stockland Glendale has received approval for its $4 million, 4,300-square-metre shade structure which will double as a purpose-built space to run weekly Farmers and Artisan Markets.

The new shade structure, set to be the largest in Lake Macquarie, will also offer will offer undercover car parking for 160 car bays.

Angela Vogt, Centre Manager at Stockland Glendale, said the new shade structure will provide customers with an improved shopping experience through weather-protected parking spaces.

“We know this large shade structure will improve the shopping experience for our customers, and demonstrates that we’re listening and taking action to improve the centre in ways that our customers have indicated are most important to them.” Mr Vogt said.

Kevin Eade and Jodie Lee, Director of NSW Farmers Markets, have successfully operated the Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market at Speers Point Park for the past nine years, which offers fresh homegrown produce and gourmet foods from local farmers and producers.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Stockland to soon launch the ultimate market experience for the people of Greater Newcastle and beyond,” Mr Eade said.

“Featuring local farmers, boutique wine producers, food artisans with gourmet delicacies, meat, fresh breads and more, the Farmers and Artisan Markets at Stockland Glendale will be focused on supporting our rural communities including local farmers, and providing an opportunity, on a smaller scale, for artists and other bespoke creators to showcase their work and attract new customers.

“When you buy direct and local, you’re helping to incubate local growers and businesses which is an incredible, sustainable model that benefits everyone.”

The Farmers and Artisan Markets will initially comprise approximately 60 market stalls and will run every Saturday in the first year of operation. In year two, the markets will run every Wednesday and Saturday, with the capacity to grow to 150 stalls.

Construction is expected to commence before the end of 2021 and be completed before Easter in April 2022. Construction will pause from November 2021 to January 2022 for the peak Christmas trade period.