Casablanca Central Market to Become Gourmet Food Hub

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Rabat – Casa Aménagement, the local development firm that handles the Casablanca-Settat region, has announced plans to renovate the city’s historic central market.  

The aim of the renovation, is to turn the market into a gourmet food hub. The renovated market is set to meet international standards to maximize its potential as a tourist attraction. 

The project has an expected budget of  MAD 15 million, with eight million coming from the Ministry of the Interior, and a further MAD 7 million coming from the Casablanca-Settat regional council. 

The plan is still currently in the conception stage, as Casa Aménagement has just launched a call for bids in order to find a consulting firm that will assess the premises and determine specific project guidelines. 

The Art Déco style Central Market,  designed by french architect Pierre Bousquet, has been an important city landmark for both locals and tourists since its construction a century ago in  1919. The building has, however, been neglected for a major part of its history; Renovations were undertaken for the first time in 2005 and then for a second  in 2012. The Market, nonetheless, still bears structural damage which the planned renovation aims to address. 

Previously, Casa Aménagement has worked on renovating the Ain Diab waterfront and the Arab League Park.  It is now completing construction on the Casablanca Grand Theatre, set to finish in September, and wrapping up renovations on  the Mohammed V sports complex, to be completed in August.