The Niagara Market and its marché-style eatery opened earlier this year, and the Brock community has responded in droves.
And on Sept. 1, about 250 faculty and staff gathered in the spacious culinary hall when university and Sodexo officials formally declared the facility open.
Since the Market began operating in May, about 218 rotisserie chickens have been sold each day. Following the Market’s local mandate, those chickens have been from Niagara.
About 920 people go through the Market every hour. Each day, about $1,200 worth of fresh produce is available with an emphasis on produce from farms within a 100-mile radius.
These figures were given by Sodexo Canada president Dean Johnson at Wednesday’s official opening, where it was also announced that the marché will be named the Guernsey Market, for the birthplace of Sir Isaac Brock.
The Market has been a success for everyone involved, Johnson said.
“We are thrilled that the marketplace is already living up to expectations, both for Brock and for ourselves,” Johnson said.
The Market opened in May 2010 after about a year of construction. Its seating area is 12,000 square feet, while the marché is 5,000 square feet. The project cost about $9 million.
In addition to serving Brock’s faculty, staff and students, the Market is also open to the public, and will be open before Centre for the Arts performances. President Jack Lightstone said he thinks of it as an asset to Niagara as well, both as a dining area and as a way to support local producers.
Starting in September, the Market is open seven days a week, said Tom Arkell, director of Community and Ancillary Services.
Lightstone also praised staff for their work.
“We depend on you to make Brock what it is,” he said. “It’s you who drives Brock’s mission.”