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Public market consultant optimistic about La Crosse’s ability to host one

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La Crosse residents meet at City Hall to learn about plans for a year-round public market

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.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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