An historic building with a great market inside
The Corporation, also known by locals as ‘The Corp’ was a former public house on a prominent junction in Canton, Cardiff. The Grade ll heritage listing (2001) is a 19th century street architecture that dates back to 1889. The Corporation was built on Cardiff Corporation land which is where the origins of its name come from.
The building had been vacant since March 2016 when the then tenants, Greene King, chose not to renew its lease. In 2020, Jahan Abedi, Owner of The Chameleon Group (Mocka Lounge, The Potted Pig & Hoffi Coffi), and business partner, Kevin Gracias, purchased the building as an investment, with an open mind as to what they could do with it.
Over the course of the pandemic, the pair experienced first-hand through the success of The Corporation Yard, how support for local goods had grown considerably as people became more conscious of their shopping habits. Markets around Cardiff were injected with a new lease of life that allowed many indi-businesses to sustain themselves through one of the most challenging years on record.
The feedback from customers and traders at The Corporation Yard was so positive that the duo then sat down and came up with the concept for Corp Market, as a community hub for independent traders for Canton and wider Cardiff. In addition to promoting a sustainable ethos where possible, the venue would bring a new lease of life into the historic building in the heart of Canton, as well as providing a stable home for local traders.
Georgina Heffernan of The Potted Pig and Tom Edwards of The North Star helped bring the concept to life, driving the project forward and getting a diverse range of community of traders on board, allowing Corp Market to showcase the best of Welsh indi-businesses.