Should the West Side Market be open on Sundays?

West Side Market vendors fighting against Sunday hours

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Not everyone is happy the West Side Market is open on Sundays.

Some vendors flat out hate it.

Cleveland 19 News getting answers on what those merchants are doing about it.

First, headaches over parking that still continue, and now some merchants refusing to open on Sundays, which has led to a petition telling the city the new hours flat out stink. We all love the market, but there is a fight brewing and it might soon turn ugly.

Our Scott Taylor confirmed that a petition is being handed from merchant to merchant slamming the new Sunday hours.

The West Side Market Tenants Association is not happy with the city opening up the Market on Sunday.

The Sunday hours are optional and some merchants say it's good for business.

"Every Sunday we have been open has been the bomb," merchant Dave Shull said. "It's better than Friday. Usually our Friday and Saturdays are our best days. On Sunday? It was better than Saturday."

The Tenant's Association wants the city to open up its ears and listen to the families who have worked the market for years.

Tenant Association President Vince Bertonashci says "I'm 67 and how many years I got... but for these young people and for the City of Cleveland I don't want to not see a market be here. We are more on our way to a Seattle Market. Is it a tourist attraction or is it a real market?"

After the parking lot construction is over the market will home to 125 additional parking spaces, but the market's free parking goes away. You will have to pay to park at the West Side Market.

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