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Support for Outlet Mall

Early this year, Boston, [Mass.], officials began preparations to turn a vacant building occupying a full city block near Haymarket into a public market that would showcase the products of local growers, bakers, craftsmen, etc. One of the officials stated that this market is “a missing piece of the city’s fabric” and that the products made in Massachusetts are second to none and that now they will have an opportunity to create one of the great public markets of North America.

A few weeks ago, a local business entrepreneur presented a plan to Farragut town officials to take the blighted 16-acre property of Outlet Mall and turn it into the Farragut Public Market — a market envisioned to become akin to the Atlanta Georgia Market, the Reading Terminal and Pike Place.

Local newspapers have explained that The Farragut Public Market would 1) offer a place to local people to sell their produce, eggs, meat, antiques, crafts, flowers, etc., 2) generate much sales tax revenue, 3) bring in additional businesses, 4) generate jobs, and 5) provide budding entrepreneurs a place to start their own businesses.

I’m hoping to see the mayor, who promised to make Farragut more “business friendly,” step up to the plate and not allow the Town staff to drive away another business with their “business unfriendly” attitudes.

Please, Mayor [Ralph] McGill, don’t let a wonderful opportunity for Farragut slip through our fingers once more because there are other cities and towns more accommodating, welcoming and friendly to new businesses.

Janet Orme



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