Ten months after reopening with $3.5 million in renovations complete, the Columbia Market House has seen several vendors leave, is welcoming shoppers only one day a week and will have new management this summer.
"We are transitioning now from CHI management of the market house to the borough taking over. This was always going to be the plan, but CHI has stated that they will not honor their five-year agreement, so we will speed up that process," said borough manager Mark Stivers.
"The operational costs will now be the responsibility of the borough. We will also receive all revenue from the vendors, restaurant, and the special events," Stivers said.
When asked if the income generated from market stands' rent is enough to keep the market open, Stivers said that, assuming there's full occupancy of stands and many special events a year, it is possible that the revenues generated are enough to cover the operating costs.