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Market at The Parkway Facing an Uncertain Future

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RICHLAND, WA - The Market at The Parkway is just seven years old and each year it's grown larger. In fact, this summer, it averaged 5,000 people every Friday. 

While, for some, that's great news, for others, it's a big headache.

"The market's nice. They have a lot of cool things down there but people don't usually stop in to get their hair done when they're here. So it's not really traffic for us," said B-Hive owner, Kylie Barrett.

She said it's a love-hate relationship for her.

"We do lose a lot of business. People don't like to come in on Fridays. They always ask, oh are they having the market? Well, we won't come in that day," said Barrett.

The problem is parking. Some say the market has outgrown The Parkway. Others believe it's just getting started. 

Frost Me Sweet moved in a few years ago because of the market.

"Every single Friday, we have new people coming in, saying, oh my gosh, I had no idea that you were here and I'm so glad that we saw you. And it's strictly for the market. They came down for the market and just wandered in here," said Frost Me Sweet co-owner, Megan Savely.

But now the lease with the city is ending. The city council will have the final word in January on whether the market stays or goes.

"Hopefully the market isn't in a huge danger. The majority of us owners down here in the parkway, greatly support the market," said Savely.

"The market at the parkway is a nonprofit, created to benefit the parkway. So if the farmer's market has to move, there's going to be no market," said market organizer Tara Erben.

Several businesses in The Parkway are part of a group, the Business Improvement District. They will soon get to vote on whether to keep the market there and those results will go to the council.

Market organizers said if you want the farmer's market to stay on The Parkway send a note to city council members and let them know.

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