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It’s been five months since Lawrence Fish Market closed its doors, but the landmark business has remained open, thanks to its owners.
A few years after its closure, the market was featured on the Discovery Channel show “The Price Is Right,” and its former tenant, the Galleria Market, reopened in 2017.
Fish Market is also a national landmark, with an estimated one million visitors a year.
The market opened its doors in 1923, and it has been a fixture in the Lawrence neighborhood for over two decades.
“I love the history of the neighborhood, I love the people who work there, and I love it so much that I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, which is making sure the history stays alive,” Fish Market owner and co-owner, Tim Hough, told the Boston Globe in 2018.
“The history of Lawrence Fish is so important.
It’s important to keep it alive.
So it’s been amazing.”
The Market is located on the corner of Main Street and Main Street, just north of the intersection of Main and North streets.
It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Market opened with a large crowd on the opening day, when thousands of customers waited to be served.
“It was packed,” Hough said in 2018 of the crowd at the opening.
“There was a crowd every minute.
People just kept coming, and people kept coming.”
The crowds have steadily dwindled as the market’s popularity has declined.
In 2020, the number of people who patronized the market dropped from about 2,000 to 1,000.
A couple years later, Hough reported that the number had decreased to about 800.
This past summer, the crowds have diminished, with fewer than 400 people a day still visiting the market.
The reason for the decline?
The market is in dire financial straits, according to Hough.
“We’ve had to close our doors because of financial problems.
We’re going to be closing in 2019, and we’re not even sure if we’ll reopen for another three years,” Houg told the Globe.
“But it’s not because we’re closing, it’s because of economic circumstances.”
It’s not just the financial issues that have driven the market to the brink, either.
Fish market owner and business partner, Dan Pachlak, has been dealing with the same issues for a long time.
“Every year, it looks like the market is going to shut down.
It goes down and we have to reopen,” Pachlaak told the Herald.
“At one point, we had to start looking for a new place to open.
We have to look at a new building because we just lost our business, and there’s just no money for anything else.
It has to go.”
The Fish Market and the Galleries Market are two of the largest markets in the world, and the market serves more than 6 million customers annually.
It was one of the most popular spots in Lawrence for more than 60 years.
In the early 2000s, the Fish Market became a popular tourist attraction, and its popularity only increased in recent years.
Now, the area’s population has grown significantly, and Pachleak is trying to stay afloat financially.
“That’s the main reason why we’re in bankruptcy,” he said.
“Because of the financial situation, we have not been able to make ends meet for two years.”
Fish Market closes after 30 years, and at the end of the year, the Market will be in the process of being demolished.
Hough plans to make his final sale before the market closes, and he says he has no plans to keep the site open.
“People come from all over to visit, but they’re all in the same boat,” Hrough told the newspaper.
“If we don’t have people coming in and spending money, we’ll never be able to maintain the business.”
The market has a small museum and several outdoor spaces for visitors to enjoy.
The fish market is a family business, with many generations of family members working there.
The family that has been at the Fish market for more 50 years has passed away.
The Fish market’s closure is the culmination of years of hard work by Fish Market owners.
“In all of these years of work, we’ve never had a financial setback.
It just keeps on going,” Pampula told the local Herald.
In 2018, Pachlahak announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“This is something that I didn’t even think about when I started the business, but it’s become something that’s affecting my life in a negative way,” Pachu told the paper.
“They’re just trying to save my life, and they’re trying to make it work.”
The loss of the Fish and the Market is just the latest in a series of losses the market has endured over the years.
Fish and Galleries have