B.C.’s newest neighbourhood is about to open its doors for a limited time, but it won’t be in downtown Vancouver.
The Downtown Eastside Middle Eastern Market, slated to open for the first time this summer, is being held at the new Downtown East Side Market and Community Centre on the former site of the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The city says it hopes to bring the market’s market hours, vendor hours and merchandise to its new location by the end of August.
The market will open to the public on Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. and open again on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.k.
It will continue to operate until the end.
B.C. has seen an explosion of activity in the Middle Eastern community in recent years.
There were around 5,000 people in downtown’s old West End, according to the Downtown Easts Middle East Community Centre.
The market is expected to fill a similar need, as more Middle Easterners are moving into the city.
The downtown market is the latest addition to a growing list of Middle Eastern and Arab-inspired businesses in Vancouver.
It is also expected to add to the growing number of restaurants in the city that cater to Middle Eastern clients.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women says the Middle East market is one of the first in the province to offer a full range of Middle East cuisine, including an array of street vendors.