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Owners of Mercato Market say more vendors are needed in order to reopen

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Dirk DaCosta is the owner of Mercato Market in Mays Landing and said the market needs nearly 100 more vendors in order to reopen.

"When we opened, we only managed to get around the 200 mark in terms of vendors. That's not high enough. It's too low for us to break even," said DaCosta.

With not enough vendors to support the costs of operation, DaCosta had to pay money out of pocket to keep the market running.

"The overhead was actually crippling for us, but we still did it because we had to hope that we could get the number of vendors to the point where we could break even. Unfortunately, we didn't reach that point and we personally couldn't continue to fund it," said DaCosta.

On Sunday evening at the Atlantic City Race Course, vendors from the market came together and spoke about the importance of attracting more vendors to the market.

"Vendors know other vendors. If we can get them to personally go out and recruit two or three vendors, we should be able to get the number that we need," said DaCosta.

"I got them several vendors and hopefully we'll be getting more vendors," said Jerry Goldberg, a vendor at Mercato Market.

After the market closed, vendors set up a Facebook page called "Saving Mercato Market."

"The page will draw more vendors. All of the other vendors are inviting their own contacts. As more and more people accept the request on the Facebook page, the page will continue to grow and it'll help spread the word," said Jennifer Jacskon, a vendor at the market.

"My intentions are to keep pushing for this. I really believe that this will have its day," said Wink Hall, a vendor at the market.

"It's good for South Jersey. It's another attraction that will bring people from out of state back down to the shore," said DaCosta.

DaCosta also said he plans to reopen the market as soon as enough vendors register.

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