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City holds public market informational session

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – La Crosse is taking steps toward creating a public market space.

Wednesday night, Aaron Zaretsky – a consultant working with the City of La Crosse – held an informational session at City Hall. The public market in question would be one unified space for many different locally owned vendors. Zaretsky said it would be focused heavily on fresh food like baked goods, dairy, fish and meats.

The sheer number of people who regularly shop in La Crosse – about 300,000 people – is one of many factors why a public market is not only feasible, but according to Zaretsky would be a catalyst for development as well.

“I think it’s a lot more than that,” Zaretsky said. “I think you’ve got a community that really appreciates locally owned and operated businesses. There’s not a lot of chain stores and franchises and so forth.”

Consultants working with the city will be doing through site analysis of eight different locations over the next several months before selecting one and developing a business plan. Zaretsky expects they will have that plan in eight months to a year’s time.

Sam Shilts

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