Stallholders at The Cargo Shed were celebrating yesterday as the keys were officially handed over by the Tauranga City Council, prompting the return of the markets this weekend.
It marked the first day of their year-long lease of the building, after presenting a submission to the council in May. Previously, the building was leased by Creative Tauranga but Kathy Sass, manager of the arts markets, said by removing the "middle-man" the stallholders had more control over changes they wanted to make.
"We've got lots of plans, it's just a whole lot of hard work ahead of us," she said.
The group was planning a revamp of the shed and hoped to finish in time for the official opening in early October.
On top of new signage and adding colour to the shed, the group hoped to get new stallholders and a mini-museum running.
Mrs Sass said the group would be working hard to achieve the standard proposed to the council, working throughout the week to make changes for each weekend.
The group put together the submission to the council as a response to Creative Tauranga issuing letters of notice on April 17 for the stallholders to vacate by May 31.
The markets will be running every weekend leading up to the official opening.