Changes at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet impact customers, vendors

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Some vendors were not able to sell their goods on Saturday, January 4, 2020 they say because of changes at Aloha Stadium.

To sell at the Aloha Stadium, some vendors hire a company to set their tent up for them.

The tent vendors say that they used to be able to set up the tents starting at 4 a.m.

Vendors and the people who set up their tents have a lot of questions about these changes.

Because of the changes in the time set up, that delays when the vendor can start selling their merchandise.

Vendors and tent companies say this is their way of life, and these changes impact their income.

A spokesperson for the Aloha Stadium says Centerplate has been working with the tent vendors for several months now with the new rules to conduct business at the swap meet.

Aloha Stadium released the following statement on behalf of Centerplate:
As part of an ongoing effort to improve safety at the Swap Meet, Centerplate, the current operator of the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace, implemented new regulations directed at tent installers.  The new regulations went into effect on January 1, 2020 and included the following:  1) Tent installers must register as vendors at the swap meet, 2) Tent installers must provide a current safety check for their trucks operating on property, 3) Tent trucks must be marked with the company name, and 4) employees working as tent installers must wear a yellow traffic vest so they are visible to other drivers.  All parties met several months ago to discuss the rules and what actions needed to be completed prior to today.  As of today, none of the tent installers were in compliance and therefore not allowed to conduct business at the Swap Meet. We apologize to the swap meet vendors that have been affected by these new regulations. Centerplate is currently in talks with all tent installers to remedy the situation. 

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