A West Side Market vendor will open on Wednesday for the first time since the fire on Jan. 30.
LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Customers were tugging at the doors of Cleveland's West Side Market Saturday in hopes that it reopened. Unfortunately, only the produce building was open.
On January 30, 2013 a small fire broke out inside the historical West Side Market. Workers are still busy cleaning, painting, and doing everything necessary to pass inspection.
Until final approval is granted by the City of Cleveland, vendors are not able to enter the building and start stocking their counters with fresh food. The vendors are losing a lot of money.
"Pretty much everything that was in the market, including food that was in storage had to be tossed out. Pretty much everyone will be starting from scratch" said Walter Turczyk, a West Side market employee.
Turczyk organized a fundraiser to help out his fellow vendors. Musicians and local business people contributed their time and money to a benefit that was held at Lakewood's 5 O'clock Lounge. All of the money raised will go directly to the vendors to help re-establish themselves.
"Everything from food, to paper products, to shopping bags had to go. Everything has to be replaced" said Turczyk.
A number of vendors did not have adequate insurance to cover their losses from the fire.
A special site has been set up through facebook for anyone wishing to make a donation.
A meat vendor reopens at the West Side Market Wednesday after the fire that started at his stand.
Sebastian's Meats, one of the indoor stalls damaged in the West Side Market fire last January, reopened Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.
A mob of people Saturday at Cleveland's West Side Market - took part in a cash mob for the first Saturday the market was open since a fire shut down part of it for a few weeks.
Customers flocked to the West Side Market on Monday when it reopened for the first time since a fire damaged the historic landmark.
Visitors can expect to see a clean-as-can-be facility after the January fire.
West Side Market vendors spent Wednesday cleaning, baking and prepping ahead of the market's scheduled reopening on Monday.
President's Day will be a big day at the West Side Market as the Cleveland landmark gets set to reopen.
Cleanup has been completed on the West Side Market, and while the building is deemed structurally safe, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
The company hired to handle clean-up at Cleveland's West Side Market will be done on Tuesday, but there is still more work before it can reopen.