Central Market Arcade Redevelopment - frequently asked questions

The Central Market Arcade is one of the cornerstones of the iconic market district. The Central Market Arcade is located adjacent to the Adelaide Central Markets, Victoria Square, and the Sir Samuel Way Building law courts.

In September 2018, after 50 years under private management, City of Adelaide took control of the Central Market Arcade and through the Central Market Arcade Redevelopment project, will provide the opportunity to grow the retail offering with expanded and complementary activities.

Here we answer your questions about the project.

We are creating place that appeals to more people, more of the time. The retail offer will seek to create a city destination offering a new social and commercial heart for Adelaide.

The redevelopment will seek to realise the guiding principles. This includes but is not limited to:

  • ground and first floor speciality retail, complementary market activities and supermarket. The Grote and Gouger Street arcade areas will be activated by food and beverage offerings with associated loading/servicing also provided.
  • an innovative mixed of uses within tower elements.
  • a reinstatement of the former Grote Street building facade being an extension of the Adelaide Central Market facade.

It is anticipated that construction will commence as early as September 2020 subject to Council consideration as well as reaching contractual agreements and securing all statutory approvals.

The construction period for the City of Adelaide’s returnable work (6,000m2 of retail, public car parking and loading/service areas) is estimated at 18 months to two years. The time period for the whole redevelopment being three to 3.5 years subject to the construction methodology.

No. The Adelaide Central Market does not form part of the redevelopment. The Central Market Arcade redevelopment will aim to achieve a seamless transition to the adjoining Adelaide Central Market.

See below the footprint of the Central Market Arcade (orange spot) in relation to the Adelaide Central Market (white stripe).

Arcade aerial zones

260 car park spaces will be removed during construction and then reinstated upon completion. Other uses (beyond the retail offer) will have their own parking to ensure enough parking for the precinct.

Various construction methods will be used to minimise impact, such as hoardings to reduce noise and to minimise dust.

The City of Adelaide will continue to engage with stakeholders and the community over the life of the project.