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'Downward spiral': Kate's Fish threatens to leave West Side Market unless city finds new management

West Side Market
Posted at 5:44 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 13:04:40-05

CLEVELAND — A popular West Side Market vendor is once again voicing frustration with the City of Cleveland, which runs the market, and it could spell the end of Kate’s Fish’s run there.

Kate’s Fish has been vocal about issues at WSM before, from conditions described as “unsafe” after an employee was shocked by defective wires to frustrations about increased rent and market hours.

Now, Kate’s Fish says it will be leaving WSM at the end of the year if the establishment is not turned over to a non-profit management structure.

The vendor said the announcement was prompted by something that happened on Saturday but did not specify what that something was.

Earlier this month, Tom McIntyre, owner of Kate’s Fish, said the market’s management is understaffed and overloaded and that he wanted the city to turn the reins over to a nonprofit for his and all the other vendors’ sake.

“I have absolutely no faith in the city's management of the West Side Market at all whatsoever,” McIntyre said in a previous interview.

News 5 has reached out to both Kate’s Fish and the City of Cleveland for further comment. We are waiting to hear back.

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