New space for craft vendors affected by fire

May 19, 2017
Fire destroyed the front section of the Kingston Craft Market in downtown Kingston last month. Here, the scene is being secured to allow for investigation.

General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham has given the assurance that all individuals who were displaced by a fire that razed 18 shops at the Kingston Craft Market last month will be accommodated in retrofitted space within the current facility.

"One thing I can guarantee is that nobody will be left behind. While we are doing the work on the reimaging of the spaces, everybody will have to be accommodated," Graham told a business continuity meeting with the UDC, the vendors, and several interest groups at the corporation's Ocean Boulevard offices in downtown Kingston recently.

In mentioning developments such as the completion of the Festival Marketplace and Food Bazaar as well as the nearby Victoria Pier, which is being revamped, the UDC general manager told the entrepreneurs that this could result in increased opportunities through visitor arrivals and further urged them to think of fresh ways to present their goods.

"It is happening ... people travelling and coming into the area must want to come to ground zero. You are selling an experience; you are not just selling craft. That experience is what brings you repeat business," he said.

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