Midtown Marketplace forced to shutdown

FRESNO, California

On Friday, City of Fresno code enforcement workers told sellers they'd have to shut down or pay a $200 fine. The city says the vendors don't have the proper permit to stay open. In a statement, city manager, Mark Scott says, "We're working with Mr. Gilchrist on final approval of the remaining permitting issues and are confident that the farmers market will be up and running very soon."

Gilchrist says the City of Fresno is targeting his shopping area unfairly. He says Manchester Center's farmers' market is also operating without a permit. But a spokesperson for Manchester Center denied those claims saying they have the right permit.

A spokesperson for the City of Fresno says they are currently working on Mid-town Marketplace's permits and the shopping area may open as early as next week.

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