Renovation work on Doncaster market will begin in the spring of 2015 – though some traders fear it may never happen.
Doncaster Council had considered starting the million pound-plus project in the autumn of 2014, but the plan was abandoned so traders could benefit from Christmas sales.
The authority has around £1.4m to spend on its markets with the town centre set to account for the bulk of it.
Although the new changes have yet to be decided – the council is considering a raft of options, including new stalls for the outdoor market.
But Mick Maye, chairman of the Market Traders Federation, is cynical about the prospects for improvement.
He said: “Over the years there have been a lot of plans that were supposed to happen.
“The markets are in decline – if the council wants regeneration they should freeze rent increases.”