NORTH BEDEQUE – It may only be a few short weeks before the Island gains another farmers market as owners of George’s Island Market eagerly await officially opening the location.
“It’s a big job. But we’re close to being ready,” said Eddie Guergis, one of the owners of the new business.
The market will be housed in the former Bargain Fabric Outlet and was originally going to be called Red Island Market. But as work continued to prepare the facility, Eddie and his daughter, Ashley, decided to rename the business.
Now the pair are hoping to see a mid-June to early-July opening.
“It’s taken longer than we expected, but we’re happy to see the continued support and interest,” she said.
Eddie added, “There’s a buzz going around. We’ve heard a lot of, ‘we’re waiting for the market to open. We can’t wait.’”
Recently vendor registration opened for those interested in setting up a table for the market.
“It’s an opportune time for vendors to get the space they want at the size they want. Right now, spaces are going to be about 10 feet maximum, but they can be customized. With both indoor and outdoor tables, we could probably house anywhere from 40 to 60 vendors,” he said.
So far, expected hours for the year-round operation will be Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 12 until 4 p.m.
“Applications can be accessed online at www.georgesmarket.ca but we will also have hard copies available for pickup for those who may not be able to fill out online registration,” Ashley explained.
The father-daughter duo wants everything to be perfect when doors open to the public and hope once people walk through the doors they’ll want to come back.
“It’s going to benefit everybody when it’s done right. There are still lots of little things to do but the main thing is the vendors are happy and doing well in this environment. We really want to have a strong relationship with our vendors, work as a team and see everyone do well,” he said.
For more information or vendor registration questions, contact Ashley at email@example.com.