Hudson building public market already half filled for 2013

Prospective tenants starting to fill spaces for next spring

With almost five months to go before a new food market opens for business in the Hudson Building, half the available retail space has been allocated.

The Victoria Downtown Public Market Society aims to launch the 18,000-square-foot market in April 2013.

“The exciting thing for me is the mix of established businesses and restaurateurs, as well as new and emerging businesses coming together,” said Philippe Lucas, society chair.

The market is being modelled after others such as the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Silk Road, Salt Spring Island Cheese and Wildfire Bakery are among the well-known businesses that have expressed interest in opening a kiosk, as have Island Spice Trade, Tortilleria Monterrey and Bounty Seafood.

Available for lease are day tables for farmers, as well as semi-permanent kiosks with one-year leases and permanent spaces with three-year leases.

The society will manage the market and has signed a contract with building owner Townline Group of Companies. A grant has also been secured from Vancity to create a community kitchen inside the market for cooking classes, special dinners and workshops.

“We plan to use the (area) not just as a retail space, but as a community meeting space and local food hub,” Lucas said.

For more information, visit victoriapublicmarket.com.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, evicting all campers by morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park yesterday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

Choir study shows people with dementia can learn new songs

Volunteers need for Alzheimer’s helpline, World Alzheimer’s Day is Sept. 21

Victoria’s ‘Penny Girl’ to tell story of gender transition in new documentary

Frankie Edroff will write film, Empress Avenue Media to direct, produce project funded by Telus Storyhive

Four Greater Victoria mayors to be acclaimed in fall election

No election in District of Highlands with six council candidates up for six seats

United Way asks Victoria to share local love

2018 campaign aims to raise another $5M

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read