$36 million dollars has been spent to renovate the Scarborough Market.
The market was closed in 2018 after vendors complained of its poor condition, however, extensive renovation has been done and Secretary for the Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries Hayden Spencer on Wednesday revealed that the entire process cost $36 million, including $800,000 to outfit the new market.
The market will accommodate 242 vendors and will be commissioned on Monday.
Spencer, in an interview with Newsday, said Tobagonians have a lot to be proud of, but they must also ensure the market is well maintained.
He said: “It’s important for them to take care of this market and not to get back into the old ways and adapt to the modern time of how markets are now, so customers can feel comfortable eating and shopping in an area that is sanitary.”
Spencer said “If it had not been for the covid19 we would have been in that facility already. The market was old and dilapidated. I feel good that Tobagonians will soon be back in the hub of activity in Scarborough. This is a market with a difference, one that meets all the health and OSH requirements, before and post-covid19, despite the challenges.”