Former Public Market vendor opens business in Spokane Valley



Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 1:50 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A vendor at the former Spokane Public Market decided to open a new farmer’s market on Sprague Avenue and First Avenue on Pines Street in the Spokane Valley in May.

When the Spokane Public Market closed in March, vendor Leroy Payne thought it was the perfect opportunity to open a market elsewhere.

Payne said the whole point of a farmer’s market was to draw people into businesses. He said in return, the space for vendors was free.

Payne’s craft was barbecuing. He owned Uncle Leroy’s Competition Barbecue and got his start at the Spokane Public Market in 2011.

"We loved being at the market , " Payne said. "We had a great time with really great people.”

Payne said he began pursuing his dream of opening his own restaurant in May. He planned to open a joint restaurant with a farmer’s market and swap meet at Sprague and First.

"It will be painted barn red with white trim,” Payne described.

He said he wanted to help the vendors from the former Spokane Public Market with their business ventures.

"Everyday they'd tell us they loved having a place like that to go," Payne said. "Well, it's not there anymore. Now I have this and it's going to be open and available for them to come here.”

Payne invited all of the old vendors and anyone else opening a business to set-up at his new location for free. He said the space would be open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday starting on June 7, 2014.

"I'm not making any money off of that because it's going to fill my barbecue restaurant with customers,” said Payne.

Payne said he wants his space to be one that everyone can use.

"This is a place they can come to and be back like what we were at the market,” said Payne.

Payne hoped to have the restaurant open by July 1, 2014.