Newell said many of Parkersburg's vendors right now are Ohio-based and are loyal to those markets, which makes the situation inconsistent for Parkersburg.
"We want to sell West Virginia products," Helmick said. "And right now, the product that's coming into Parkersburg is coming from Ohio. We're pushing West Virginia growers to this other venue."
Helmick said the Parkersburg market won't be competition for either Charleston or Huntington, but it will instead work together with them.
"It will help enhance the volume, and we're so excited about it and supportive of the effort in Parkersburg," he said.
The Point Park Marketplace will open starting Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its winter market. It will host cooking demonstrations, sell pumpkins and mums in October and sell Christmas trees in December. During the winter market, Newell said there would be little produce.
The market will be held the first Saturday of each month. For the winter market, held October through April, up to 25 vendors will be accommodated with 10-by-10-foot booth spaces for $10 per Saturday. Vendors can also pay $50 for the season, but they must attend every market. Setup time is between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m.
"We would love for this to be a destination," Newell said.
The facility is currently undergoing improvements, including the interior being gutted to expose brick walls, wood trusses and steel support beams. A new pitched roof was complete and a patio and ADA-accessible ramp were installed in July. New doors, windows, light fixtures and fans are being installed this month, and water, sewer and gas lines will be relocated.
In October, restrooms are set to be remodeled. And in the summer, construction of the observation deck and side patio will begin.
For more information, contact Ricky Yeager, the city planner in the Parkersburg Development Department, at 304-424-8415.