Beginning today, the West Side Market will now be open on Sundays.
The historic market will be open on Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.
All other hours will remain the same.
Here is the current operating schedule:
- Monday, Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
"The changes in Market operation hours will allow the Market to be more competitive and reach a broader clientele," says Michael Cox, Director of Public Works. "The city has also conducted a survey of West Side Market vendors and found that more than 100 would be interested in opening on Sundays."
Vendors we talked with had mixed feelings about the change. Although the market is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, many people continue working at the market to prepare for the rest of the week.
"A lot of my customers don't want us to open up on Sundays. They know how hard we work here. Just because the market is closed on Tuesday and Thursday doesn't mean we are not here," said one of butchers at the market.
He already works six days a week and still wants to spend Sunday with his family.
Other vendors told us it's another opportunity to make money to support their families.
"I hope it works out for us, for everybody. We need everybody to be happy!" said a man who runs one of the many produce stands.
Another change: the consolidation of parking lots A and B behind the Market began in March with a completion slated for December. Once finished, a yet-to-be-determined parking fee will be enacted.
"The consolidation plan will increase parking capacity by more than 100 spaces to make it easier for people to get in and out of the parking lot," says Ken Silliman, the chief of staff. "While we are looking to improve parking at the Market in the future, we are simultaneously evaluating our best options to maintain an expedient and efficient flow of traffic during lot consolidation."
The West Side Market has been a Cleveland icon since opening its doors more than 100 years ago on Nov. 2, 1912.