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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The How Bazar reused vintage clothing store first opened in the Seagle building in downtown Gainesville just over a year ago. Now plans to move into a space in the downtown southwest parking garage at 60 Southwest 2nd Street are underway.
On August 17, the Town of Gainesville signed a Letter of Intent to lease the 2,822 square foot space from How Bazar founder, Jose Peruyero.
Since then, an apartment complex developer’s interest in making the space a rental office has raised concerns for store owners. They said the downtown area needs more local and diverse businesses to bring it to life.
“The mere idea of having downtown retail and daytime traffic is amazing, so the idea of making it a rental office didn’t really make sense,” Peruyero said.
The How Bazar frequently hosts events such as outdoor markets featuring local food, retail and music vendors from Gainesville.
“We realized very quickly that what we brought to the table was a need that everyone wanted. We knew we wanted it, but we didn’t know that everyone would want what we wanted, ”added Peruyero.
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With the new space, he said they were eager to host even more events to bring people together and promote local businesses.
The 6 year lease agreement is recommended for approval according to the agenda of the Town of Gainesville meeting set for Thursday at 1 p.m.
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