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Aug 12, 2011

Market wholesalers move their fruits and vegetables to new location

Over the last year the wholesalers and retail vendors at the Michael Finnegan Market have had their own share of woes with flooding, imposed fees, security issues, you name it. Well, today the wholesalers say they are going to set up shop at the pound yard, which was once the temporary market.  Up to this week, they were located on Hicatee Street, but come this Sunday they will move over to the pound yard compound. The Farmers-Vendors Association told the media today that the location, which they identified on their own, will alleviate their troubles.

Oscar Pollard, Secretary Farmers-Vendors Market Association

Oscar Pollard

“This move came about as a result of A: to alleviate the traffic congestion on West Collect Canal and Hicatee Street to provide healthier produce to the consumer, to provide more appropriate business environment to the vendors and consumers, to allow the vendors of the Michael Finnegan market to have a profitable business atmosphere, to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to deliver healthy produce to the consumers and to adhere to their rules and condition, to allow the Ministry of Works to be able to do their proposed canal rehabilitation project. At this new location there will be adequate parking spaces to conduct business that was not allotted before. There will also be proper bathroom facilities and lighting provided for use by the vendors whenever they arise to the compound to park to conduct their business. The vendors will now be able to sell their produce and dispose of it in a manner, in a way that they would like to do—retail and wholesale which was an obstacle as they were only permitted to do retail from five a.m. to ten a.m. and wholesale from ten a.m. to one a.m. only. This present location will be in operation to meet the needs of the vendors and consumers.”

Pollard said the move to a new location means they won’t be paying the daily fees to the City Council, however, they had a meeting with Councilor Willoughby this week and he was receptive of their plan to relocate. The association has a total of eighty five members.

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