ROCKFORD (WREX)- The Rockford Indoor City Market has yet to open since breaking ground back in March.
Since breaking ground in back in March, construction has been ongoing at the indoor city market. In March, 13 News and other media outlets reported the construction would be completed in the fall and the market would open by December 31st.
However, Rock River Development Partnership Market Manager, Cathy McDermott says that’s not the case.
“I don”t know if that got miscommunicated when we were actually supposed to be open to the public, but I know we were never supposed to be open to the public in November and December,” McDermott said.
Mcdermott says the outer shell of the building was supposed to be completed by November, but minor delays came up and work is still being done.
“There’s always a little bit, historic buildings always take a little longer as afar as approving changes, or manufacturing items that are specific to historic structures that take a little bit longer to manufacture,” McDermott said.
Meanwhile, some of the vendors who were supposed to call the new building home have decided to back out. Both Curry Bowl and Lulu’s Tacos will no longer be located inside the new indoor market. They both told 13 news it wasn’t a good fit for them.
“I think sometimes when people commit to opening a permanent space, they’re not quite familiar with everything that needs to happen to make that step,” McDermott said.
However, McDermott says they have been able to fill those vacant spots and now four out of the five leases have since been filled.
“We’re really positive this will be fully leased by the time it opens,” McDermott said.
McDermott says the indoor market will be opening in March of 2019. Once it opens, it plans to host events such as paint and sip classes, winter markets, art scene, wellness classes and much more.