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

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts visits Victoria for Comic Con

He says he’s looking forward to the event, but don’t ask him where the snake is

Overturned vessels, simulated smoke expected in Victoria harbour for Coast Guard exercise

Coast Guard and other first responders will be on the water from 1 - 4 p.m. Thursday

Yarns, string and human hair pose a risk to Greater Victoria birds

Wild ARC handles a number of entanglement cases each year

Timelapse shows Blue Morpho chrysalis morphing at Butterfly Gardens

One of many speices of butterlflies at the Buterfly Garden

Saanich falls short of climate goals

Under current projections, Saanich will have cut its emissions by seven per cent in 2020

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Okanagan man, Yorkshire terrier chased by coyote

Animal sightings have been reported around West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Most Read