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Caton Market, home to many Haitian vendors, reopens as Flatbush Central


NEW YORK — Vendors in Flatbush have settled into a 16,000-square-foot retail space that will house a rebranded version of the former Flatbush Caton Market, in a new mixed-use development. While the market had a soft reopening the week of Feb. 7, the vendors, many of them Haitian, said they moved in the week prior from a temporary location on Clarendon Road.

“That’s a big difference because Clarendon is just a residential place, nobody walks outside,” said Marise Joseph, owner of the Thank You Notre Dame variety store inside the market. Joseph said she is “happy to come back” to the corner of Flatbush and Caton Avenues, although news of the reopening has not spread yet. 

Few customers were in the market on the afternoon of Feb. 8, but vendors – who offer food, clothing, body and beauty products and more for sale – are hopeful buyers will come. 

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