As shopping malls and big box stores are closing or downsizing in towns such as La Crosse, the demand for year-round farmer-style markets appears to be growing.
Public market consultant Aaron Zaretsky met with a couple dozen La Crosse residents at City Hall Wednesday night, to discuss the funding and space requirements that would have to go into setting up such a market here.
Zaretsky says La Crosse is a “fantastic” location, and a good size to host a market, and attracts more than a million visitors a year.
Zaretsky already has conducted a study showing potential demand for a public market in the region.
This week, Zaretsky has looked at eight possible sites in the metro area where a market could be developed.
That number may be narrowed down to three by the weekend, with a preferred location to be examined further.
A market probably would need three years to develop before it would open for business.