By Thomas Johnson, October 2 2018 —
The Calgary Farmers’ Market has announced plans to develop its long-awaited secondary location.
“We’ve long dreamt of opening a second location,” says Calgary Farmers’ marketing coordinator Leilani Olynik. “The opportunity arose to build a new space from the ground up to suit the unique needs of our vendors in a beautiful new community, servicing a part of the city that is under-served. We couldn’t say no.”
Currently the only Calgary Farmers’ Market location is near Deerfoot Meadows in the southeast, quite a distance from the city’s bustling core district — let alone the greater-university area.
The second location, Calgary Farmers’ Market West, aims to be more accessible for students. The projected 50,000 square-foot facility will reside in the northwest along Greenbriar Boulevard, across the street from the WinSport training facility.
“We’re always hopeful that new people, of all demographics, will visit the market and be committed to supporting local businesses,” Olynik says. “Calgary Farmers’ Market West will embody the same buzz and beauty of Calgary Farmers’ Market South, but with more of a New York-inspired vibe. The second location will offer more of an open-concept feel, with event space and upgraded amenities.”
The new location is planned to accommodate 75 vendors, several of which are established favourites from the original Calgary Farmer’s Market South location. It will also feature areas for private functions, an outdoor mezzanine and a children’s play-area.
Calgary Farmers’ Market West is scheduled to open Spring 2020.