It seems that the new Jarnac market will be ready on time for May of this year. I read an article in the local paper and the town held their first vendor meeting a couple of weeks back. I checked it out today during lunch, when all workers are on break and it looks good.
It's much brighter than the old Halles, with giant windows on three sides and a clean wooden and steel roof structure.
At first the rigid, solid booth set up surprised me, but it makes sense since here in France vendors fluctuate much less than at your average Farmers' market in North America. It's a business, not a hobby. The market is about 10% larger than before, but I am not sure what other type, or if any new vendors will be moving in. The only thing I did find out, that there is no sit down Bistro or Market Cafe planned. The coffee vendor from the old market will bring his roastery to Les Halles, at least something new.
There was some initial dissent from the public and vendors alike, since by enlarging the structure, they are loosing adjacent parking spots. I don't think it's a big deal, Place du Chateau is something like 150 meters away and there is plenty of parking. I think foot traffic into the oedestrian zone will make Jarnac a bit livelier again. The temporary market is down by the Quai and people don't have to walk through Grand Rue or Rue Portillon to get there.
INTERESTING TILE WORK.........
FIXED SET UP
NICE TIMBER & IRON CEILING
NO MARKET BISTRO, SUCH AS THIS ONE IN ANGOULEME