The Market Department promotes economic sustainability by encouraging investor’s relationship through the creation of an affordable, comfortable and appealing center that is founded on the principles of excellent customer service. The Market Department seeks to embody a business service culture that is both professional and fair, while fostering successful business relationships between Clients and the Belize City Council.
The Market Department serves as a business entity for the Belize City Council, which falls directly under the Revenue & Finance Department and comprises of two markets, namely; The Commercial Center and The Michael Finnegan Market.
Presently, the Market Department consists of: (1) Manager,(1) Coordinator, (1) Revenue Collector/Documentation Clerk (5) Market Attendants/Maintenance Workers
Security & enforcement, restroom attendant, major plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry and welding. As well as other services provided to the Market Department by various departments of the Council.
The Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the market, including addressing the queries and concerns of vendors and the general public. The Manager reports to Financial Director and City Administrator on the daily operations of the markets.
The Collector is responsible for the collection, documentation, verification and pay-ins of all market revenues of the Council.
Market Attendants are responsible for the opening and closing of the markets, conduct janitorial and minor maintenance duties of the market compounds. Market Attendants are also assigned to conduct official errands of the Market Department.
Besides janitorial duties of the restroom facilities, the Restroom Attendants are also responsible for the collections and documentations and deposits of all restroom fees collected at the end of each work day.
This Department accommodates small business investors who are interested in renting an affordable space for their businesses. In addition, the Market place provides a safe and comfortable environment for Vendors, Patrons and other stakeholders.
The Michael Finnegan Market
The Market Place is a sociable environment where people meet and engage in humorous and serious discussions while shopping. It provides a major meeting zone to people from all walks of life, both Locals and Foreigners who would stop to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables, an assortment of fresh meats, dry goods; quality clothing and even offers a variety of hot and tasty Mexican and Belizean Cuisines.
Wholesale vending is allowed only on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 5:00AM until 10:00AM, outside the Michael Finnegan Market Compound. Meanwhile, Saturdays are set aside for “Open Market” vending and is the most popular shopping day of the week, when Farmers and Fishermen from all over the Country would bring their fresh produces to sell at very economical prices.
A vending zone was established for “Open Market” vending beginning from the foot of the Novelo’s Bus Terminal Bridge on West Collet Canal all the way to the Dean Street Bridge foot.
This zone is blocked off from motorists during vending hours from 5:00AM to 5:00PM for safety of Patrons and Vendors conducting business in this designated area.
Each Open Market Vendor is charged a small fee of $10.00 per 10ft x10ft vending space and $20.00 for trucks and other vehicles that require more vending spaces.
There are approximately sixty-eight (68) vendors who operate inside the Michael Finnegan Market; they are assigned to numbers and accounts for each stall and booth.
The Commercial Center
The Commercial Center is a large building built in 1992, located at the Foot of the Belize City Swing Bridge on Regent Street and housed the following small businesses:
Ground Floor- 13 businesses that were operating including (1) Fast Food Shop, (1) Restaurant (2) Snack Shops, (2) Pawn Shops, (2) Flower Shops, (1) Phone &Electronic gadgets Shop,(1) Fruit & Vegetable Shop, (2) Jewelry Shops (1) Restaurant &Bar and (1) Barber Shop
Second Floor – 5 Business Offices, including the Belize Diabetes Association and a school institution
Third Floor – Municipal Court & its offices, CEMO Office, Security Department and Sanitation Department
A Restaurant & Bar located at the rear of the building compound
Outer compound adjacent to the Belize City Swing Bridge, (1) Herbs Shop, (1) T-Shirt & Souvenir Shop, (1) Jewelry Workshop.
This Center was designed to be the main attraction for everyone from near and far, also the back of the Commercial Center lays the Belize Old River, where a Water Taxi Terminal operates in transportation of Locals and Tourists to their various vacation destinations.
Currently the Commercial Center Building is up for renovation. All vendors had vacated their operating spaces. It was proposed that the newly renovated building will be transformed as the New City Hall, assigned on the Second and Third Floor of the building, while the Ground Floor will be assigned for Commercial Businesses. In addition to the upgrade, there will also be a “Board Walk” to accommodate this building and its surroundings designed for a more tourist’s attraction. The NICHE Parking Lot and The Ground Zero Parking Lot will be assigned for parking for all who need to do business at the New Commercial Center. The Market Department generates a yearly income of approximately $996,000.00, inclusive of Public Utilities, Peddler’s Fees, and Trade License Fees. The renovations process of the Commercial Center will result in a decrease of that figure to approximately 65%. Councilor Aisha Gentle is responsible for the Market Department and its affairs.
Councillor: Aisha Gentle
Market Coordinator: Valetta Lucario
Market Manager: Darrell Bell