Power outage closes several vendors at West Side Market
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.
Start here: We are going to manage it well and make it work for the public good.— Ross DiBello For Mayor (@DiBelloForMayor) July 17, 2021
Let’s be honest, somebody wants that property.
We will not give it to We Have Great Intentions, LLC.
There are dozens of well-managed public markets across the country. https://t.co/RWjJHZtYRM
In addition to the West Side Market, there are outages elsewhere in Cleveland including in Collinwood and West 41st street. Every customer of Cleveland Public Power should expect reliable service. The new path for CPP starts on day one! #K4CLEhttps://t.co/yvTMKJ2Si6— Kevin Kelley (@kevinkelleyCLE) July 17, 2021
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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