UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: Reporter Mason Adams has written more about the Market Foundation Board over on his blog, Blue Ridge Caucus. End update.
Today’s front page lead story by reporter Mason Adams is about a meeting that took place yesterday morning between vendors at the Roanoke City Market Building and the Market Foundation Board.
In case you did not get a chance to read it yet, here’s the story. I’d like to hear what you think about this most recent development.
Struggling to survive, vendors seek changes
By Mason Adams
The Roanoke Times
A little more than a year after the renovated Roanoke City Market Building reopened, its vendors are struggling to survive.
On Wednesday, a majority of the building’s food vendors told the Market Foundation Board, a seven-member body that sets policy guidelines for the historic downtown structure, that a combination of economic factors and restrictive building policies have hurt their ability to make a profit.
Among the vendors’ complaints: Restrictions on their ability to advertise on the building’s exterior; a policy that requires they remain open despite a general lack of customers on weeknights and Sundays; the board’s decision to introduce two new kitchen spaces, seen as extra competition; and a slow response time when it comes to building issues.
“June, July, August of this year have been flat-out bad,” said Charles Parkhurst of Firefly Fare, who spoke on behalf of the vendors. “Right now is the fall. This is it, right up to Dickens of a Christmas. If we don’t make hay, we’re going to have a lot of trouble in the spring making our bills.”
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