Bronx Terminal Market merchants make last ditch effort to save their livelihoods

Merchants of the Bronx Terminal Market made a last ditch effort to save their livelihoods by meeting with city officials Wednesday.

The market is slated for big development, which will create thousands of new jobs. Merchants, however, were given severance packages and told they must relocate. Many have refused and continue to fight in order to stay put.

Department of City Planning officials have given the green light to the market's landlord and related companies to go ahead with revitalizing the area, despite the fact that the fate of the merchants has yet to be decided.

Merchants say they may have turned a corner at the meeting. However, a representative from the city and the merchants' lawyers still can not gurantee a new site where they can all be together.

The two sides are scheduled to get back together for further negotiations next week.

The Bronx Terminal Market has been in existence for more than a decade. Residents come from all over to get a variety of ethnic foods.

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