The Centennial Market will remain open at it’s current location for at least another one to three years.
Regina City Council passed a motion on Monday that will see the old Sears Outlet location be redeveloped into a U-Haul public self storage facility, which currently houses the market’s 200 vendors.
“U-Haul and the sale hasn’t been completed yet,” says Market Manager Chrysta Garner. She says until that happens, the plan is to stay put and continue to operate in the current location.
Garner thinks this news from council shouldn’t immediately affect vendors. “When the move comes, of course it’s going to be a lot of work to get us all up and moved over to wherever we may be.”
Garner hopes most of the vendors will stay with the market once a move eventually happens saying there has been a lot of positive feedback from them. “We built this market and kind of grew as the people came, so knowing how many we have, there will be a lot of positive changes to how it will be developed and designed going forward and that should entice a lot of the vendors to stay with us.”
She also says she has told vendors that it’s their business and she can’t force them to stay if they don’t want to.
Garner says there are a few locations that she has in mind to move to, but they are keeping all options open. The Regina and District Chamber of Commerce and the Warehouse Business Improvement District pledged to help the market find a new location once it’s time to cross that bridge.