The property group Capital and Counties has bought the seven-acre Covent Garden market for 421 million, announcing a change in focus for the famous tourist attraction in central London. Plans include the institution of a fresh produce farmers market as well as an upgrade of the food court, described by Capital and Counties managing director John Saggers as a little pedestrian. The changes aim to attract Londoners as well as tourists. The Covent Market site, which includes the cobblestone piazza, offices, bars, restaurants and surrounding shops, will earn the UK quoted company over 17 million annually in rent.
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