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West Side Market vendors struggle, fire investigation continues

Produce arcade at the West Side Market Produce arcade at the West Side Market

From looking around you would hardly believe it was a Friday at the West Side Market.

The place was practically empty and so are the pockets of produce vendors.

"Where are the people? We are almost closed up because we don't make any money.  My register is empty," said vendor Maha Abdou.

Even though they're able to open, the produce vendors believe they're worse off than the indoor vendors because they say the city came around today, telling them rent is due.

"I don't think that its right. No one is here. We're not doing any business. We're not making any money. We're open for the people and no one's coming," said vendor Jason Scott.

"I'm sorry, I don't have any money. I have no income since the fire happened," said Sam Ibrahim.

Rent ranges from $500 to Ibrahim's $3500 stand. Without any money coming in, his account with his supplier has now been frozen. 

On a normal Friday he'd make a couple grand, today a couple bucks, and he's not alone.

"$12 all day…that's fair? Is that fair for us," Abdou asked.

"We don't see any sympathy for what we lost and what we're losing still," said Iman Abraham.

If you would like to donate to help these vendors click here www.marketvendorrelief.org .

Meantime, the City of Cleveland is continuing its efforts to restore the West Side Market to full operation after the fire that occurred on January 30, 2013.

Here are the most recent updates:



Cleveland Fire's investigation is still open.



  • The Market House is closed until further notice. A date has not yet been set for reopening.
  • The Produce Building (which is separate from the Market House) has been open since Friday, February 1.
  • The clean up by RestoreX is nearing completion.
  • Public Works is working with several city departments and divisions, including Building & Housing, Public Health and Cleveland Fire, to insure all inspections and requirements are met.
  • Public Works will notify market vendors of next steps, including final cleaning and inspections.
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