“We’re sad and disappointed to have to leave our Yaletown farmers markets.”
A battle with area businesses has forced the Yaletown Farmers Market to move at the end of the month.
The popular event draws thousands to Mainland Street every Thursday, which is good news for the farmers and vendors, but apparently not so good for some permanent businesses in the area.
A group of them, including Earl’s and Yaletown Brewing Company, launched court action to force the market out.
And Vancouver Farmers Market Board Chair Carla Shore says it’s worked.
“They were unhappy with the farmers market being on Mainland, with a concern about access to their stores and restaurants.”
The non-profit Farmers Market society simply doesn’t have the legal fees it would take to fight the suit, so it’s moving to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza at the of the end of the month.
Shore says the court action runs contrary to studies that have shown farmers markets actually bring people into the area, with many customers staying to shop at local businesses.
In a statement, Earls Restaurant writes:
“We love the farmer’s markets and often shop at the Yaletown market ourselves, however we support our neighbouring businesses suit in suggesting the market is moved to a nearby location that does not impact access to businesses, create traffic gridlock, or take away from the already limited parking.”
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