Winston-Salem Journal reports Winston-Salem city officials are “back to square one on the operation of the Liberty Street Market, following the decision by the market operator in June to back out of her contract with the city.”

The market was conceived to alleviate what government likes to term a “food desert,” but —according to the city’s director of community and business development—the level of activity never “reached the level that we were satisfied with or one could say was a successful operation.” People hanging out on the street in front of the market and making potential shoppers “uncomfortable”—as City Council member Vivian Burke put it—didn’t help business.

So for now the city is stuck with a $350,000 market with no business.