February 1, 2012 Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, USA
For 20 years, vendor stall assignments have been based on tenure, but the French Market Corporation’s new director wants to change parts of that policy.
The French Market is a New Orleans landmark, full of vendors selling their wares.
For decades, the French Market Corporation has assigned vendors to their stalls based on tenure or seniority.
“We cannot go forward in attracting new vendors, attracting new visitors, attracting new business, if the stagnation of same old, same old, same old is always down there,” said Frank Pizzolato, executive director of the French Market Corporation.
The current policy allows vendors to keep their tenure and their space as long as they don’t miss more than 28 consecutive days setting up shop.
“They can be in Toronto, San Francisco having other markets. Because they only have to be in the city of New Orleans and having a prime location 12 days out of the year,” said Henry Julian, attorney for the French Market Corporation.
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