Hank Holliday and Steve Varn are telling The Charleston Regional Business Journal that they’re closing on a deal to manage the historic downtown City Market.

“I can’t tell you how what it means to me and Hank to have the opportunity to do something like tis for our community,” Varn said. “We realize this is a public market and always will be, but we really feel it needs some revitalization, renovation, professional management, special events and things that will attract locals. We think we can make our market one of the better markets in the country.”

Holliday said an immediate priority is an initial cleanup of the area that will include painting, renovation of restroom facilities and other repairs. Before making further changes, Holliday and Varn plan to travel to public markets around the world, including Lyons, France, and Barcelona, Spain, as well as to U.S. public markets such as Seattle’s Pike Market and Boston F aneuil Hall. They will also be working with David O’Neil, a marketing consultant who has specialized in the revitalization of public markets for 27 years and led the revitalization of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal.