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New market coming to the downtown core this summer

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Cathy Dobson

A local businessman is assembling a group of farmers and artisan vendors to participate in a new downtown market at 140 Christina St. North.

Robert Fleisher says the former Taylor’s furniture store – an imposing three-storey retail giant in its day – is an ideal space for his concept.

Fleisher is owner of ABLE Moving Services and has leased 140 Christina St. with the intention of fully opening his new market in July.  It’s possible some vendors may have soft openings in June.  The place was bustling during Art Walk weekend earlier this month.

“I’m calling it the Sarnia Downtown Market,” he said. “Some vendors intend to open daily while others will open on market days only.” Market days are expected to be Thursday to Sunday.

“We are trying to meet the needs of the people living in the area and provide them with fresh produce and other staples,” said Fleisher.

Renovations have been done to the storefront and the former retailer’s large windows have been replaced with two roll-up garage doors so the market opens directly onto Christina Street.

Fleisher said he is still accepting more local food suppliers, farmers and craftspeople.  Anyone interested in participating should contact him at 519-330-8728 or email [email protected].

He said he has seven permanent office spaces on the third floor that he is subletting to full-time businesses.

“I think people will be pleased,” he said.  It’s something different and something that we need.”

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