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Space More Affordable at Top Locations than it is at Nashville Farmer's Market, Vendor says - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A vendor on his way out of the Nashville Farmer's Market says he's leaving because it's less expensive to open a new location in Music City's most popular locations.

The owners of Boone and Sons in East Nashville came on the Nashville scene with a meat kiosk at the farmer's market called Wild and Local.

The owners say they've been paying $2,100 per month and when you look at it per square foot, it's actually cheaper to open a location in Green Hills, The Gulch or 12 South, than it is to rent a small space from the city-run market, which as Fox 17 reported in December cost more than $400,000 in tax money to operate.

"It's difficult to understand what justifies a rate that is so high but then again if they're facing a deficit in their numbers I guess its understandable, said Miguel Sanchez, co-owner.  I guess its what they have to do.

Sanchez says his location in East Nashville sees twice as much foot traffic as the farmer's market.

Tasha Kennard, the new director of the farmer's market says the amount vendors pay includes all utilities, and that's not something entrepreneurs can get in other locations.

Kennard also says it's part of the mission of the farmer's market to help entrepreneurs grow and develop so some can open their own locations.

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