Friendly Street Market for sale: 'It's a community staple'

Friendly Street Market for sale: 'It's a community staple'
A shopper at Friendly Street Market on Monday.

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Friendly Street Market has been a staple in the community for the past 30 years.

Now the current owners are looking to sell the market to someone will carry on their tradition of providing local, organic and seasonal goods and also keeping it as a community hub.

"This is kind of a community staple and it's where alot of people in this neighborhood get together and can actually talk about things in the neighborhood," said customer Megan Scott.

"I know the chashiers, and I know the guy that runs the deli and the guy that used to run the deli before him," said Jaymi Buckley.

Eric Resener and Julie Marchini have been the owners for the last 13 years, but they say it's time to move on.

"It seems like a good time in terms of the market is doing well, we've survived the recession," said Marchini.

They're not selling the market because of financial issues, but they say they're in a different phase in life. Their son just graduated from college, and Marchini recently earned her master's degree.

Also, their commute from Cottage Grove to Eugene everyday has been a handful.

It's a bittersweet moment, but Resener said he'll miss the people the most. "The same people tend to show here day after day, week after week, so we have people we've known for 13 years," said Resener.

However, they want to make sure it's sold to someone with the same vision with local, organic and seasonal goods in mind. Plus, they want to make sure it's someone who will continue to keep the Friendly Street Market as a community staple and gathering place.

"We want to carry that on. We're committed to that for the neighborhood because that's so vital to retaining the flavor of this neighborhood," said Marchini.

Marchini and Resener say there isn't a set deadline to find a potential new owner.