The Freeport Farmer’s Market, Downtown Freeport has undergone some $530,000 in renovations to improve business for both the vendors and customers.
Toni Hudson-Bannister, Officer in Charge/Assistant Structural Engineer of Ministry of Works and Urban Development made this disclosure, during a tour of the facility on Friday, March 31.
Hudson-Bannister was a part of the delegation that accompanied Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville on a site tour of Government’s Capital Work Projects with Heads of Government Departments.
Hudson-Bannister said that the improved area would create a more productive environment for the vendors.
Dr. Darville, who led the tour through the market explained, how changes were made to prevent cars from driving through the market.
“We stopped the traffic from flowing through the market. This is a stop, tourists come in and they want a native experience,” he said.
The market was renovated to not only serve a touristic purpose, but to cater to the indigenous needs of the locals as well.
One of the vendors agreed with that sentiment, as she sells a large variety of fruits and vegetables at her booth, including Bahamian grown fruits.
She also expressed her pleasure with the changes that were made to the market.
She admitted that although some people have complained about not being able to drive their cars through the market, they are now realizing that like any indoor supermarket they must get out of their cars to make purchases.
According to the vendor, overall the vendors are appreciative of the new improvements and things are coming along well.