Renovations almost complete for the city market

CHARLESTON,SC (WCSC)- A diamond in the ruff is continuing to go through a transformation in the heart of downtown Charleston.

City Market Manager Barry Newton feels the much needed changes will make a major impact to the market.

Last year over a six month period 3 of the open city market buildings that house 130 vendors were renovated.

Construction is nearing the final stretch on the last building.

"This will be a shop area that will be a totally enclosed building with 20 small shops on both sides",said City Market Manager Barry Newton.

In addition to the shops the building will boast a skylight and two restaurants.

Local artist Janie Drucker has been a part of the market for 30 years

Drucker thinks the updates already made to the first three buildings are picture perfect.

"Now with the better lighting and paddle fans that makes all the difference in the world I'm so much happier,"Drucker said.

Some of the changes already made include updates to the roof of the buildings, raising the floors to help with flooding,new lighting,ceiling fans, and updating the restrooms.

"Overall everybody has done better because the market is much stronger now and customer friendly," Drucker said.

"We are looking at a nice hot summer so hopefully everybody will come in and see how the new market is going to phase in," said vendor Michael Ellis.

The last building being renovated is slated to be open by June the 28th of this year.

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