Farmers Market at Imperial in Sugar Land to close soon


The Farmers Market at Imperial will close after Nov. 18 to make way for a new Imperial Market development, which will include retail space, restaurants, and entertainment venues, according to the farmer’s market official website.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce has organized the event since Oct. 1, 2011, Chamber President Keri Schmidt said. Representatives at Imperial Market issued a schedule at the end of October, notifying the chamber about construction plans, she said.

“[The development] is very, very exciting, and it’s a very encouraging thing,” Schmidt said. “However, we didn’t have a whole lot of time to have a new plan.”

Schmidt said she wants to ensure residents and vendors can continue to benefit from a Sugar Land farmers market.

“We’ve had some vendors who have been with us since day one,” she said. “For some people that are there, it’s kind of a side thing, but for a lot of them, that’s how they make a living.”

Residents have been heartbroken about the news, but the chamber has been focused on finding an alternative solution, she said.

“We have some wonderful stories about the farmers market,” Schmidt said. “We’ve had a number of people who have gone on to sell their products in HEB or Whole Foods. We have people that have been on the Food Network.”

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  1. Bonnie Hochstein

    How about locating in Richmond Town Area. We are developing and would love good place for our local vendors.

  2. Isn’t there an available parking lot on Hwy 90 in the same area? Since Imperial moved their headquarters, didn’t other related offices move and leave empty offices, parking lots? Everyone is familiar with the Farmer’s Market being in that area.

  3. I’m so disappointed by this—and what a terrible timing so soon after Hurricane Harvey. Nearly all of the vendors were affected by it and now you’re closing the market with such little notice. Fine “thanks for your loyalty” that is! I can’t be the only person that saw the drawings of the plans to develop the old sugar mill and thought they were incorporating the farmers’ market and it’s Saturday Farmers’ Market community into the retail area. What a serious bummer. I was looking forward to shopping in such a progressive venue but now that I know the true motivations of the development committee, I’m planning to avoid the new retail space like the plague.

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Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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