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Vendor might be evicted from market

Sep 7, 2011 11:36:00 PM - thestate.com
Produce vendor Charles Jenkins’ sales of vegetables and fruit at the State Farmers Market might come to an abrupt end after more than 50 years.

He faces eviction after state agriculture officials said he failed to live up to an agreement to clean up stalls and sell South Carolina-grown produce in an area designated for that.

Lexington County Magistrate Rick Collins approved the eviction Tuesday that could shut down Jenkins’ operation by this weekend.

Jenkins, 75, may appeal a decision that “could be the end of a 53-year-old family business,” his lawyer Hemphill Pride said. An appeal could allow him to stay in operation there for an undetermined period.

The vendor began sales at the former market on Bluff Road on the southern edge of Columbia.

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