CBS19: Dairy Market Gears up for Official Grand Opening

By Chelsea King| June 14, 2021 at 6:22 AM EST| Updated June 14, 2021 at 7:29 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The Dairy Market official grand opening is set for Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony expected to take place that morning.

It comes a few weeks before Governor Ralph Northam is expected to end Virginia’s COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Each day this week, the local food court is holding events to celebrate, from Market Mondays to a community celebration on Saturday. It is calling it “Dairy Days.”

“Now that we are in that 90 to 95 percent open rate, it’s a celebration of our merchants, it’s a celebration of all the hard work of ownership, it’s a celebration of all the work of our hospitality, retro hospitality, it’s a celebration of our merchants,” said Eugene Fitzgerald, the operations manager for the Dairy Market. “It’s important to have it even though we had been open it’s important to really celebrate these lives.”

The Dairy Market opened back in December but it was not fully open due to the pandemic.

Fitzgerald also cites “extensive construction timelines of completion” for the local food court’s grand opening happening later.

Despite hardships faced by many restaurants, the Dairy Market said back in February it was doing well.

The local food hub that houses several vendors started running seven days a week in February too.

To learn more or to participate in Dairy Days, click here.

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