The 7th Street Public Market will now require a parking ticket for validation and proof of purchase for shoppers – a change from the honor system it’s had in place since opening uptown in 2012.
The market’s making changes “due to a small number of people who took advantage of the free parking without supporting the market’s small businesses,” said Adam Rhew, communications director at Charlotte Center City Partners.
Customers can still get up to 90 minutes of free parking at the market if they bring a parking ticket and a receipt from any of the market’s businesses to Greeneman Farms or Local Loaf.
The 7th Street Public Market is at 224 E. Seventh St. It has 15 vendors, including several thriving restaurants like Pure Pizza and a variety of small, local businesses like Orrman’s Cheese Shop.