In Our View: Find Role for Food Carts

Waterfront developer right to protect tenants; seek solutions

A slight kerfuffle regarding independent businesses at The Waterfront Vancouver brings up some interesting questions. In the end, the site’s developers have a right to enforce their agreement with the city and determine which businesses can operate on the site.

Chelsea and Cory Chunn, who own and operate Chunney Pop, a mobile food cart specializing in handcrafted ice pops, have complained that their business has not been welcome at the waterfront. According to an article in The Columbian, the Chunns regularly set up their cart at the Vancouver Farmers Market and started heading to the waterfront when the market closed for the season, but soon learned they are not allowed to be there. At issue is a 2009 agreement that prevents outside businesses from operating in the area.


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