Popular Manchester food stall closes after Arndale fire

Manchester, 16 January: A much-loved Thai food stall based in Manchester Arndale has announced its permanent closure following a fire last year that led to the evacuation of the shopping centre.

Hong Thai, which opened in the Arndale Market hall in 2016, confirmed the “heartbreaking” news in an emotional social media post today.

Fire broke out last November

On 10 November 2022, firefighters were called to the Arndale after a blaze erupted in the south section of the market hall. Hong Thai later said a fire had occurred in their stall and they would be closed “for a while”.

Stall owner thanks customers

In a video statement, Hong Thai’s owner Lilia Tsang said her “heart was broken” over the permanent closure. However, she said this was not the end and hinted at potential future plans.

Ms Tsang thanked the stall’s many loyal customers over the years and said she would come back “bigger and better”. The announcement led to an outpouring of sadness on social media.

Small fire extinguished quickly

The fire last November saw hundreds evacuated from the Arndale around 4pm on a Friday. However, the small blaze was quickly put out and the centre reopened by 5:30pm, although the market hall remained closed for days after.

At the time, Manchester City Council and Arndale managers praised the response and safety procedures, with all staff fully prepared for such incidents.

Now, Hong Thai’s customers are hoping the popular eatery can find a new home in Manchester soon to keep serving its signature Thai dishes.

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