The Morrow Business & Tourism Association will debut Morrow Market Days Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Morrow Tourist Center, 6475 Jonesboro Road in Morrow.
The market will be open these hours each Saturday thereafter.
Ginny Harrell, Morrow Business & Tourism Association staff member and the market manager said the ideal of developing a community market actually developed two years ago but action to begin the initiative only began three months ago.
Although the market welcomes Morrow and Clayton County residents to purchase locally grown foodstuffs and other products in addition to merchandise, one of its goals, Harrell said, is to attract visitors who travel I-75 and go by the tourist center on their way to their destination.
“The location of the Morrow Tourist Center is ideal,” Harrell said.
“Since we are right here on I-75, visitors travelling the interstate stop off at the center and, when they do, they typically come in and want to purchase something from Morrow, Clayton County or even Georgia and the Morrow Market Days would be ideal for them to buy something local,” she said.
This Saturday, the market will debut with 10 vendors strategically located along the walkway around the front and right side of the visitors’ center.
Harrell added that nest Saturday they will have at least three more vendors opening shop, “and we hope to have many more through the summer,’ she added.
Not only is the Morrow Tourist Center an ideal location from a visitors standpoint, it also provides protection from the weather for the vendors and visitors.
“In case of bad weather, the tourist’s center’s large, covered porch just outside the back door would allow the vendors to set up their displays out of the weather and visitors to browse to their hearts content,” said Morrow Business & Tourism Executive Director Mike Twomey.
Harrell said the objective of Morrow Market Days is to give out-of-town visitors the opportunity to purchase something from the area as they journey to their destination as well as being an area that Clayton County residents can make a habit of visiting.
“We are also inviting local businesses to use the market to set up a display or information booth alongside the other vendors to publicize their local businesses,” Harrell said.