City Council Relinquishes Control Over the Dallas Farmers Market, Pecan Lodge Might Move Out

On the front page of the Dallas Morning News today, right above the fold, is a story about the Dallas Farmers Market that’s going to change what we now know as downtown Dallas. Scott Reitz of the Observer has written extensively on this topic before (it’s almost a mini novel; set aside some time to read it), so it’s not news that City Hall has sold the Dallas Farmers Market to DF Market Holdings for $3.2 million dollars. Earlier this week, though, the transaction became official.

Changes and renovations might start as early as this winter. Shed 3 and 4 are getting demolished to make room for new apartments, and the city will still be taking over Shed 1, which is “scheduled to have some 60 booths, or twice the current number of spaces,” says Robert Wilonsky. Shed 2, which houses the line-crazy Pecan Lodge, is also getting some work done. But, according to owner Justin Fourton, Pecan Lodge might not remain at the Dallas Farmers Market. He’s been on the prowl for a new space since last year. From the DMN:

Jack Gosnell, a partner in UCR, a nationwide retail leasing and management company, said the new operators are hoping to create an “autonomous retail venture that can be its own entity for a while” in front of Shed 2.

“We’ve said to Justin, ‘Why would you abandon where everyone knows you and you’ve got a line 200 miles long? Let us fix it for you,’” he said. “We think we can save him. Pecan Lodge is an anchor for us.”

Lines are great for businesses, but don’t feel so great on all of our calves. It might not be such a bad idea to move out of Shed 2, Pecan Lodge.



  • Hungry

    No place is harder to get to than the Farmers Market and the lines mean loyal customers that will follow them wherever they go.

    • VMan

      Not saying they shouldn’t move but what is so hard about getting to the Farmer’s Market? I was there last weekend, in and out in 10 minutes.

  • Uptown

    They need to move and make some changes to speed up the line

  • Darren

    And just where would they move to? In order to get enough parking for the crowds they have now, they would have to move out to the suburbs.

  • Hungry

    They could move somewhere on the DART line in a close-in suburb…I am sure they have done an analysis of the zip codes that visit their store. Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City has a downtown location and a suburban location – both have long lines every day.

  • winecynic

    Great! Privatization of any business is good. Expect nothing but good things fr this. Hopefully WRR is next.

  • Hungry

    Scarce parking, not close to DART or major downtown offices.

  • todd

    I think the biggest obstacle for PL will be finding a location/municipality that allows them to operate their wood fired smoker.

  • twinwillow

    A possible solution for Pecan Lodge might be to stay in Shed 2 but, open a second location somewhere else in Dallas.

    • runDMC

      The Dickey’s model?

  • twinwillow

    That doesn’t seem to be a problem for all the many other BBQ joints in Dallas. Unless, their smoker’s are “grandfathered” in.

  • primi timpano

    Hungry is right. Also, the combination of foot traffic and cars makes getting to the sparse parking a mess. Shed 2 is an uncoordinated mish mash. I fear the new operators are more interested in real estate development than produce.

  • twinwillow`

    Sorry but, I don’t think the Fourton’s have a Dickey’s clone in mind. That would have to be the furthest thing from their mind.

  • Dallaslaw

    They should kick out Babbs Brothers and give PL that spot in trinity groves.

    • twinwillow

      That’s a brilliant idea!

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