Broadway Market Vendors Concerned About Easter Season

"I don't expect the crowds to be like they are normally."

Brendan Keany
March 26, 2020 - 4:00 am

Broadway Market. April 19, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO (WBEN) - With just a little more than two weeks until Easter Sunday, the Broadway Market would typically be gearing up for one of its busiest times of the year.

In fact, the market was supposed to hold its annual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning to ring in the Easter season of shopping. Obviously, that ceremony has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but vendors are still hoping for a busy season.

"The market is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with our butchers, seafood, bakeries, candy and produce, but all of the Easter specialty vendors will not be here," said manager Kathleen Peterson. "We encourage people to come down - we have all of our social distancing in place, limiting the number of people who can go up to any stand at one time...at some point, depending on how many people are here, we may count in the number of people who are in the market. There won't be ever 200-300 people in the market at one time because of social distancing."

Listen to Peterson's comments below:

While people are welcome to come to the market, will they? Vendors aren't so sure.

"It has affected us like it's affecting everybody else," said Lewandowski Produce Owner Daria Parker. "We were busy when everybody was rushing to get their food and their last-minute things because they're scared."

Parker and Camellia Meats Owner Adam Cichocki have noticed that business is starting to slow down.

"I think people were panic shopping last week, and it's settled down a little bit now, but we'll see what happens as we go day to day here," said Cichocki.

As the panic buying appears to have settled down for the time being, Parker is worried about how the lack of foot traffic will impact business, especially since many of the vendors depend on Easter for a good portion of their income.

"I'm very concerned like I'm sure everybody in the world is concerned because it's the unknown," said Parker. "We don't know what to expect; we don't know how things are going to be. The economy is getting affected; people don't have money; the grocery stores are somewhat busier, and they're keeping people in their jobs, and that's primarily what we're trying to do, is stay open."

Listen to Parker's full comments below:

"I don't expect it to be anything like it usually is," Cichocki said. "We would get thousands of customers a day going through the butter lamb meat counter and the Camellia Meats counter, and right now, we're looking at only six people at the counter at a time six feet apart.

"I expect people still to come out for Easter items, but I don't expect the crowds to be like they are normally, especially with the hours just 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. like normal and without having all of the other seasonal vendors here."

Listen to Cichocki's full comments below:

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