SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two years ago, the Spokane Public Market opened its doors as the city’s first year-round market, using iconic markets like Seattle’s Pike Place Market as inspiration. Those involved with the market say, though, it still has a long way to go.
Two years after it started, the market is only using up less than half of the building’s space. The facility has room for 41 vendors.
"We know that this is Spokane, this isn't Seattle Public Market,” said Leroy Payne at Uncle Leroy’s Barbeque.
“It's gonna take us awhile to get there, but we are getting there. We're growing, I'd like to see, we'd all like to see every booth full."
The Public Market’s manager Dennis Frederick agrees that success sometimes comes with age.
"It's gonna be one of those things, as we grow, people are gonna know we're here,” Frederick said.
“Pike's market in Seattle is 100 years old. You know, the Liberty Lake market is quite old. So as, when, we're only going into our third year. So we get into our fourth, fifth year for most businesses is starting to establish themselves. It'll take a little while, but we'll get there."
Frederick says, despite rumors, the non-profit market is not in financial trouble.
He added there are plans to grow slowly, starting with a café offering free wireless internet, tailored to bring in college kids. Phase two of the Market’s future plans will add three commercial kitchens and another room of vendors. The next step will be securing money for another fire suppression system so the market can open up a joining wall.
Currently, Spokane Public Market is open four days a week. Frederick hopes by this time next year, it will be open every day.