VIDEO: Hilo Farmers Market New Look

Despite county orders to the owners of the Hilo Farmers Market to take down their tarps and tents or face a $4,000 fine per day for being in operation, Big Island vendors are continuing to support the market location. Many have already begun to sell their goods again in their own private pop-up tents.

New look to Hilo Farmers Market.

Many residents on the Big Island were shocked to learn that the Hilo Farmers Market was forced to take down their tarps and tents that have been a Hilo mainstay for over 30 years.

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim said that he had tried to work with the market over the years, but finally, the county had to shut the location down and on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Poles and tarps were removed.

Vendors were upset with the short notice given to them; however, many have gotten over the shock of the idea of not having a permanent tent and have already gotten use to using their own 10-by-10-foot pop-up tents.

Hilo Farmers Market.

While the vendors can set up any day of the week, the market has traditionally enjoyed its largest crowds on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Big Island Now walked through a part of the market on Tuesday, March 27, 2018:

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Hilo Farmers Market has a new look. More information on #BigIslandNow

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Petco Announces Opening Date

Another major mainland chain store will open in Prince Kūhiō Plaza soon, following the TJ Maxx opening last month.

Petco Hilo.

Petco announced that it is planning a soft opening and blessing on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Customers will be able to browse and purchase items from the store beginning on that day.

Store Leader John Fernandez said that approximately 30 people will be employed at the store, which will offer everything from pet grooming, adoptions, dog training and washes, aquatic fish and general pet supplies.

Hilo services offered online.

Fernandez emphasized that everyone who is being hired by the store is a local resident and that even the grooming company that the Petco will use is a Big Island company called Shear Magic.

A grand opening is planned for Saturday, May 5, 2018. The normal store hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.