CLLR Justine Baker was invited to open the new revamped indoor market in the centre of Minehead on Saturday.
She said: "This market has a big history for Minehead, my mother-in-law Lynda Baker remembers shopping there with her mum when it was the only place to get much of your food.
"The market has been a focal point for the town for a long time so I am delighted to see it being transformed and updated.
"It now has a fresh fruit and veg stall, a SIY stall and a jewellery stall, but there's still space for others.
"I have been helping with the community group FLAG (Flooding on the levels Action Group) for weeks, this is where people who need help with the floods can get help and request it.
"The generosity of local businesses and people donating has been overwhelming.
"But we all need to get across the message that Somerset is very much still open for business, as the last thing we want is businesses losing out.
"This would impact on local economy and won't help the situation at all.
"Half term should be a busy time, especially for a key seaside resort like Minehead.
"I hope that people realise that the majority of places are still open and that people come and visit, shop and eat in the great places we have to offer."
Those wanting to get involved with the market should contact Mike Doody.