St. Andrews Market Coming to Dothan

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

The Saint Andrews market coming to Dothan should cover all that, and give the local economy a boost.

Ignacio and Kelly Handal turned a vacation into a business idea.

“This summer we went to seven different countries and fifteen different cities and every one of those has a market like this where the community comes together to sell their goods.” St. Andrews Market owner, Ignacio Handal said.

The couple bought property on south Saint Andrews Street and has started construction on what they call the St. Andrews market.
The building they bought has some history.
It was the first ford dealership in Dothan.
Handal thinks the building will only help the market succeed.

“This building has spun a lot of economic development in the community and we hope to continue that.” Handal said.

They have one hundred and fifteen spots for vendors.
Anyone can take advantage of the opportunity, farmers, artists, caterers, and even clothing shops.
County officials expect the market to have a trickledown effect.

“The fact that investors continue to invest in downtown and bring jobs downtown and brings activity, that’s good for everybody.” Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said.

And Handal believes the market is a chance for beginning entrepreneurs to start their business.

“We wanted to make a business model that everyone could afford for three hundred dollars a month with all your utilities, your branding your marketing and rent at one low price we feel like they can afford to have their own retail shop here.” Handal said.

In the future the Handals hope this will become a tourist destination for Alabamians.
The market is set to open around mid November.
They will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays.

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  • by Kyle Sasser on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:09 PM
    Not a good idea, in my opinion.
  • by Suq Mediq Location: Dothan, Al on Jun 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
    Great idea . . . in theory. This will never work in Dothan.
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      by Dothan Resident on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to Suq Mediq
      This is not a good concept. Our downtown needs something new and modern. It seems to be heading the opposite direction...
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