Many vendors at the new location of the Farmers’ Market say that their businesses are suffering. Several people told me that their business is down 1/3 or more, even while the rents have gone up. One vendor said he will be closing; another said he is considering it.
Almost everyone I spoke to was cautious about upsetting the market administrators, so I’m going to quote them all as a group.
- The market was the heart and soul of Weston. They destroyed it.
- Sales are down 50%
- It has slowed down. Sales are down.
- I’m done.
- More people gotta come out.
- This year, they don’t know where we are. [They need] more advertising.
- It sucks.
Some vendors, however, were more positive.
- We’ve been doing better here.
- The area is bigger.
- It’s better than last year. For the couple of weeks, it’s been good.
Several vendors have come and gone already this year: the hip pie people seem to have left, as did the popcorn company.
There is a lot of blame to go around. Some vendors said it’s too far to walk for those who have limited mobility. Others blamed the administration. And, dear reader, you and I share some responsibility.
Your correspondent, however, believes that the BIA could do more. Certainly, it is hard to see why rents went up; given the disruption, they should have gone down. There should be much more advertising, including along the 401¹. We could have beer tastings², or bring back the live music.
Masum Hossain, the Chair of the BIA, refused to be quoted for this article.
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¹ Peter the Barber’s idea.
² Also his idea.