Organic Food Market to move after 25 years

 

Source: Manly Daily

Organic Food Market to move after 25 years on northern beaches

The much loved Organic Food Market at Frenchs Forest could close within weeks as it makes way for a Dan Murphy’s liquor store.


Abbey (9) and Belinda Andresson of Cromer tasting the pineapples at the Frenchs Forest market.

Abbey (9) and Belinda Andresson of Cromer tasting the pineapples at the Frenchs Forest market.

The much loved Organic Food Market at Frenchs Forest could close within weeks — and reopen in the car park of Pittwater RSL.

It comes after the Northern Beaches Planning Panel voted unanimously to approve a development application for the Jubilee Ave, Mona Vale, site.

The market has been operating in its current location in the car park of the Parkway Hotel for a quarter of a century.

However, it has been forced to find a new home with building work set to start soon on a Dan Murphy’s and an extension of the Parkway Hotel.

Organic Food Markets director Stephen Choularton. Picture: Troy Snook

Market director Stephen Choularton said following last week’s decision discussions could now begin about opening the market at the RSL site as soon as possible.

“We’re really pleased and really looking forward to opening there,” Mr Choularton said.

“We’ve had a great time at Frenchs Forest and we hope our customers will follow us to Mona Vale. We also hope to meet new customers at the new site.”

He said he was not yet sure when the market would relocate but said it would be before the end of the year.

The proposal did come up against opposition at last week’s planning panel with residents living near the proposed site worried about increased traffic and noise.

In particular residents were worried about having their sleep disrupted with stall holders expected to be on site on Sundays from 7am.

The market is having to move to make way for the Parkway Hotel development.

However, the panel approved the market, subject to strict hours of operation.

The market will be allowed to be held weekly on a Sunday with set-up no earlier than 7.30am.

Trading will be between 8.30am and 12.30pm with pack down from 12.30pm to 2pm.

“Upon expiration of the permitted hours, all service (and entertainment) shall immediately

cease, no patrons shall be permitted entry and all customers on the premises for the purpose

of the markets shall be required to leave,” the panel stipulated.


 

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