WINNIPEG — After 25 years, The Forks is in for a makeover.
The city’s most popular tourist destination is undergoing $2.5 million in renovations to refresh its centre court and atrium areas.
Among the upgrades is a craft beer and wine kiosk, an 80-person harvest table, more efficient seating, and five new food vendors.
“This is an exciting new chapter for the market, one that will draw a new generation of customers,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks North Portage. “It will equally appeal to those seeking something innovative, bring back those who haven’t been in a while and keep our loyal customers happy.”
Jordan says the top-to-bottom refresh will update everything from tables, chairs, lighting, fixtures and fittings, to storefronts, flooring and technology.
Manitoba company Wood Anchor has been tasked with creating the harvest table, and will use reclaimed wood as part of the design.
“This table represents our design philosophy and The Market’s aim — bring people together,” Jordan added. “Plus, we’re really emphasizing the local aspect in this entire refresh. Tables, ironwork, lighting, artwork are all being sourced locally.”
Ten kiosks and vendors will make up the revamped food hall, along with five new food tenants, which are still being sought out through a request for proposals process.
The Forks will also give the Tower Atrium a facelift, adding new furniture, chandeliers made of hockey sticks and composite flooring that will serve dual purpose for those on skates or in street shoes.
Renovations begin May 18 and will be completed by the end of the year. The market will remain open to the public during construction.