Permits delay opening of Victoria Public Market

The Victoria Public Market’s opening date has been pushed back a second time, but a weekly outdoor farmers’ market starts on Wednesday outside the historic Hudson building.

Last November, the year-round indoor public market was slated to open in April. However, in mid-April organizers were still making arrangements and lining up vendors to fill the few remaining spaces. At that time, the opening date was set for June 22, with the grand opening July 13.

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The June date has now been dropped.

Permits and approvals are needed before a new summer opening date can be announced, said Maryanne Carmack, general manager of the market.

Construction was required to prepare the 18,000 square feet on the ground floor of the former Hudson Bay building.

“Over the next little while, you will see the final stages of the market being complete, with everything from the community kitchen and new entrance on Douglas Street to the new window signage advertising the public market to visitors, residents, and businesses of Victoria,” Carmack said.

— Times Colonist

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