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Wilma yanks space from Missoula's Clark Fork River Market Vendors

April 15, 2011View for printing

Clark Fork River Market organizers were thrown a curveball last week when the Wilma Residential Board announced that vendors will no longer be allowed to use parking spaces under the Higgins Avenue Bridge.

"I guess we kind of got in the way a little bit," says Clark Fork River Market Manager Franco Salazar. "They ended up taking them back."

The decision complicates Salazar's job, as the market has more than doubled in size in just three years, growing from roughly 55 vendors in 2009 to 130 this year. And the announcement came less than a month before the market's April 30 opening, leaving Salazar scrambling to find space for its many local food purveyors.


"I was shocked to hear we were hamstringing the market...My own internal polling of Wilma owners found no one single resident who agrees with Mr. Aresty's decision. In fact, I have found all Wilma owners, both on the commercial and residential sides, instead wish to share their parking space with the market. We see it as our honor and privilege." State representative and Poverello Center Director Ellie Hill

by Jessica Mayrer

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