To make this in such a big? I must ask the question? Slow news day???
I wonder what's going to happen there?
Samosa maker wants to rent annex
By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
Published Friday February 9th, 2007
Appeared on page A4
The operator of the Samosa Delite food stall at the Boyce Farmers' Market wants to rent the entire section of the market annex building in order to have enough space for his customers to queue.
Mohan Iyengar made the proposal to Ken McGeorge, executive director of York County Properties Inc., the holding company for the market, before heading on vacation.
McGeorge said the request will have to go to the market's board of directors at a March 19 meeting. The market's stallholders will also have to be consulted.
But McGeorge said the request could displace Patel's Catering and that might not be fair unless the Patel family decides it isn't returning to the market to sell its products.
The market has been without samosas for the past week, as both vendors are vacationing and have suspended sales pending their return.
The market, however, has decided that the long lineups at Patel's Catering and Samosa Delite are creating a nuisance for other stallholders, whose customers are put off by the long queues.
"When they're both there, they attract a lot of attention," McGeorge said.
The two samosa vendors have been told they must relocate to the parking lot food court of the farmers' market because their customer base is impeding sales of other market vendors.
There are no easy answers, McGeorge said Thursday.
"We've been talking with these folks and their fellow stallholders have been talking to them for two years to try to find a solution. Any solution that has the lineups inside the building is not workable. It compromises the market far too much from many, many perspectives," McGeorge said.
"We've got to work on some solution that keeps the lineup largely outside the building. This product has become so popular and the business so large and booming that it really has outgrown the market."
Iyengar's business employs six full-time staff and six part-time personnel.
"I don't know of many other vendors that employ so many people. Now you're getting into big business."
Even without the samosa sales last Saturday, the other stallholders did a brisk business on a snowy day, said McGeorge.
The market was created as a farmers' market and McGeorge said if anything, the market's original purpose should be upheld.