Comment 97229

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted January 27, 2014 at 13:52:18 in reply to Comment 97226

The tradition of having markets open very early comes from their previous role as wholesalers: they needed to be open at 5 or 6 in the morning so grocers and restaurants could buy their supplies in time to stock their own businesses for opening. The food terminal hours are 4am-2pm for this reason.

I highly doubt that Hamilton's market is fulfilling this wholesale role ... I would suspect almost all their business is from individuals (and a few chefs shopping for the lunch or evening). So they need to shift to hours that suit their actual customers.

I agree that the temporary summer outside farmer's market could have different hours, say 7am-2pm Fridays and Saturdays. But this would need to be clearly advertised.

A good idea of what hours a modern (non-wholesale) public market should have is given by Granville Island in Vancouver: they are open 9am-7pm seven days a week. We should at least be able to manage 8am-6pm five days a week!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-01-27 13:55:04

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