Power outage closes several vendors at West Side Market

A power outage closed several vendors Saturday at the West Side Market.
A power outage closed several vendors Saturday at the West Side Market.(Source: West Side Market via Instagram)
Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A power outage closed several vendors Saturday morning at the West Side Market in Cleveland.

Power was restored around noon, according to a tweet from Cleveland Public Power. Some vendors can operate without power and stayed open, WSM said in an Instagram post.

Vendors took to social media to express outrage and beg for help from the city of Cleveland.

“City of Cleveland can we get a generator? No power here at the West Side Market!! Friends and Stakeholders can you help us? We have told it is an impossible task but we can work together to figure this out,” wrote butchers D.W. Whitaker on Facebook.

Vendors and members of the public took to social media to express frustration with the city of Cleveland, which manages the market.

“The time for a change in leadership of this facility is long overdue. We can not wait,” wrote Kate’s Fish at the West Side Market. “I am proud to be your fishmonger, but not under these atrocious conditions. We’ve all had it with the lack of leadership, the broken everything, the floods in the basement, the complete ineptitude of the Public a works department. I am sorry to those of you who were coming to support us today, we were not able to be there for you.”

Mayoral candidates lined up to respond to the outrage.

Dennis Kucinich released a statement that read, in part:

Leaders of the West Side Market Merchants Association told mayoral candidate Dennis Kucinich this afternoon that they have been pleading with City Hall for a back-up electric generator for three years.

“I promised them today that on DAY ONE of my administration, I will move to have that back-up generator installed and address each and every one of the other items on their list of desperately needed improvements. The fact that these small businesses have been ignored and forgotten for years is a moral disgrace,” Kucinich said.

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