Atholville's Sugarloaf Mall to host year-round Saturday market
Market will open Sept. 3 in vacant Dollarama space with enough room for up to 40 vendors
The Sugarloaf Mall in Atholville, near Campbellton, will soon be hosting a year-round Saturday market.
It is scheduled to start on Sept. 3 in the former Dollarama location, which has sat vacant for a decade.
Market co-ordinator Annie Labrecque is hopeful it will be a win-win relationship.
"The manager from the Sugarloaf Mall had the idea to lend us this space. She's letting us use it for free. We only have to pay for electricity," said Labrecque. The market will also have use of a stage, she said.
Ten vendors from across the Restigouche region, offering food, soaps, candles and crafts, have already confirmed their participation for opening day, said Lebrecque. There's enough space for up to another 30, she said.
"We have a private entrance, lots of parking — great for vendors to get their stuff in and out — and they can leave it here," said Labrecque.
"Previous markets in the Campbellton area, they had to bring their stuff back home every Saturday or Sunday."
A permanent home
Vendors in the Campbellton area have participated in several markets over the last five years, but none have stuck.
"Then that didn't work out so they opened another at the school and we went there for a year. That was good, but that changed and it was at the Lion's Club. That was only good for a year, also."
Michaud is pleased the new market will be open Saturday, rather than Sunday, like the previous incarnations.
"They have the area, they have the publicity because it's in the mall, they have the walk-in lots of traffic. It's probably a win-win."
The market will also incorporate 30-minute performances by local musicians ever Saturday.