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Will the Grove ruin the Farmer's Market?

SKU | Mar 16, 2002 03:24 PM

I live a few blocks from the 3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market (though I'm moving next month); I visit at least once a week and have been to all the food stalls except some of the newest entries. It's a great treasure of a place. Fantastic crepes, lamb kabobs, fish, pastries and produce. This weekend the Grove mall opened adjacent, and I worry about the effect it will have. The market was packed and uncomfortable today, as would be expected I suppose. Luckily, the Grove does not seem to have a food court, so lucky mall shoppers will happen over to the FM for their food, which will help the place out. I worry about a few things: (1) the tenants will be priced out once the property values go up (2) the FM/Grove will attract chain stores (there's already a Johnnie Rocket's and a Starbucks and the new mall will have a Coffee Bean; it would be easy for FM to become a traditional food court. The juice place, which had a great variety of juices, including the amazing strawberry/coconut has already gone out of business, and I fear for the rest...

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