Aspen council approves Saturday market expansion |

Aspen council approves Saturday market expansion

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, Co Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen City Council on Monday unanimously approved expanding the Saturday farmer’s market to a third block.

The move will be considered a trial run to make sure extending the market onto the 500 block of East Hyman Avenue doesn’t harm businesses along that stretch.

The city’s Commercial Core and Lodging Commission, which oversees the market, advocated the U-shaped market that will feed onto the Hyman Avenue mall; the plan doesn’t require shoppers to cross a busy intersection at Hyman, as they would if the market continued up Hunter Street.

The market requires that Hopkins Avenue between Galena and Hunter streets be closed to foot traffic, as well as one block of Hunter Street and now Hyman Avenue between Hunter and Galena streets.

The market expansion will allow roughly 10 more booths selling produce and arts and crafts. The council in March directed city staff to create a second booth to be rotated among nonprofits and a second booth that can be rotated among local retailers. There is currently a waiting list of vendors who want to participate in the market.

Some business owners along the expanded section of the market are opposed to the move, arguing that it will take sales away from them. Others who operate in the area say more foot traffic is always welcome and will help business.

The market runs Saturdays from mid-June to mid-October.

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