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February 23, 2011   Email to Friend 

STATE BUDGET CUTS FORCE CLOSURE OF TWO STATE FARMERS MARKETS
Christy Rhodes Kirk
(334) 240-7103
February 23, 2011

MONTGOMERY -- Commissioner John McMillan has announced that the two State Farmers' Markets owned and operated by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries will cease operation due to budget cuts. The closures will be effective March 1, according to Commissioner McMillan.

"Due to the fact that these two markets, both located in Montgomery, have been operating at a significant loss, we have no choice but to close them in an effort to save taxpayer dollars to meet our other obligations," McMillan said.

With the department facing a budget cut of at least $2 million, McMillan said there was no alternative but to close the unprofitable markets located on West Fairview Avenue and at the State Fairgrounds on Federal Drive. He added that the closings will result in considerable annual savings.

"We will evaluate the best use of these two properties and will announce our plans moving forward," McMillan said.


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