Gasoline Alley Farmers Market has expanded its hours of operation from two days a week to three.
In November when the 25,000-square-foot market first opened to shoppers, it was open for business on Saturdays and Sundays. Now doors are open Friday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General manager Shauna Fisher said the 15 per cent occupancy rules for COVID-19 means that people are sometimes waiting in a lineup outside in the cold. Adding another shopping day will help out.
She said response to the indoor market in the last few months has been positive.
“It’s doing really well. Wonderful reception from the community. We get new people and there are people who have been there every weekend,” said Fisher about the market located at 558 Laura Ave.
She said some people even do their grocery shopping at the market. Shoppers are coming from all over central Alberta and they are helping the 50-plus business owners with stalls at the market.
“The reception has been amazing. I’ve had so many people say thank you.
“Central Alberta has needed this for a long time, especially now when people are really watching what they’re eating, where it’s coming from, supporting those who are making it.”
She said there’s quite a few businesses that are brand new at the market which is a perfect place for them to introduce their products.
“It’s just really friendly. It’s got a really nice vibe.”
Fisher said on-site dining is not available as part of current COVID restrictions.
“We’re following all the protocols. Everybody wears masks. Everybody sanitizes their hands when they come in.”