City Market Plans Relocation to Avoid Downtown on August 11Posted: Updated:
As a cautionary measure for the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, the City Market will move to a different location for August 11 only.
The market will be relocated to IX Art Park, which is only a few blocks away from its usual location.
"We rely on this as our only source of income, so it being closed is a big deal. We have 33 weeks to sell our product," said Holly Hammond from Whisper Hill Farm.
The City Market is always a weekend favorite in downtown Charlottesville, but the events of last August has some of the vendors worried about business next weekend.
"We have tons of produce so for us, we need an outlet. When we were approached by Susan at the IX Park offering that space as an alternate, we were excited because it's close enough to downtown," Hammond said.
Vendors understand that the decision is to ensure the safety of the community.
"You have to do what you have to do to keep people safe and feel safe whether it's because of reality or perception," said Eric Williams from Giggles in Pink.
Some of the customers also think it's a good idea to move to another location.
"I'm glad they are going to have a market at the IX very much like the winter market and that's a really good thing," said MC Blair.
Through the changes, vendors ask for the public to still come out and support their businesses.
"We're hopeful. We had a lot of positive feedback from customers that want to show up, want to support us and support downtown businesses," said Hammond.
The market will still take place between 7 a.m. to noon.
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