Calgary Farmers’ Market delayed – again

‘You can tell people are anxious to get the market going’

The new Calgary Farmers’ Market is billed to be “a bigger better fresher home” than its old digs at the Currie Barrack.

Add months late and well over budget to that marquee.

The market closed its doors at the Currie Barracks location in December and planned to re-open February 4 in the old Heritage Market off Blackfoot Trail S.E.

Management projected renovating the 55000 square foot building replete with a fireplace and glass atrium would cost $5 million — half of which was loaned to the market by its vendors.

Those loans would likely be paid back “plus their interest within a two-year time frame” general manager Ken Aylesworth told Fast Forward Weekly last year.

Vendors who have been paying rent since February say construction and weather problems have increased renovation costs by $1.5 million and pushing the opening date to mid-April at the earliest pending building and health inspections.

Meanwhile vendors who stopped operations in December have been losing months of revenue says Aaron Deadman operations manager for Silver Sage Beef.

“I’m assuming they’re probably hurting much more than us as we don’t have an interruption in sales” he says. “You can tell people are anxious to get the market going.”

Email: thowell@ffwd.greatwest.ca