The Bauhaus style Central Market was built in 1939 and was originally slated for demolition. It was vacated in 2003 and plans for revitalization were mentioned in the 2009 Policy Address although the Grade 3 historic building sat empty for many years before works finally began in 2017. Only a small corridor was kept open to connect the Central-Midlevels Escalator with IFC.
The renovated market reopened in August 2021 as a shopping mall operated by Chinachem Group, although 13 market stalls out of about 200 that once sold groceries have been preserved.
There was some criticism that adding a metal railing to the grand staircase destroyed its authenticity, although it was put in to meet safety requirements.
The ground floor consists of restaurants and bars - a replica of Lan Kwai Fong that looks nothing like the market it used to be.
Also visit dedicated pages on a few key historic buildings in Central :