You said that Roots made an effort to increase volume to area 4, and it seems to me that maybe you were their solution. They put the water in that part to put a food stand to draw more customers but it wasn't enough.
Have you thought about moving to Green Dragon? Maybe they will give you a better space? Maybe the threat of you leaving roots would give roots management an incentive to move you? Obviously don't mention leaving unless you had a spot at green dragon or somewhere else.
Root's management did get the one maintenance man to make both signs outside to try and increase the volume of customers to my area. The signs are posted at Reply 4 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,26435.msg266784.html#msg266784
The first photo I am now posting is when the one sign was put out on Lititz Rd. by the one maintenance man the first week. He then placed it the same place the next week, but I had to bring it in. I said it was too heavy for me to lift the whole way back to my stand and that is why I don't move it out there anymore. The first sign was only made of butcher paper stapled on the pressed plywood. The pressed plywood is why is it so heavy. The butcher paper eventually tore from winds and that is why I repainted the boards.
I really wasn't their solution to try and get more stands back to that area. The pizza man that didn't finish that stand was supposed to be their solution. I didn't post this here before here on this thread, but while I was operating my funnel cake stand I had wanted something to do over the winter months. That is when the stand became open and the pizza man didn't finish that stand. I started a fresh salsa, tortilla chips (sent in from another state and they were good) and dips. I also sold chili with beans. I made those things at my funnel cake stand over the winter months. I thought I could also run the funnel cake stand in the warmer weather and have someone else run the fresh salsa stand in the warmer months, but that didn't work. When that stand didn't do well enough (Nov. to around April) I knew the market management still wanted a fresh pizza stand, so I asked market management if I could then start a pizza stand at the same place. Of course I had to then sell the funnel cake stand to be able to purchase the equipment for the pizza stand and also I couldn't be at two businesses at once making both food products.
I didn't post this either, but there was a man and his wife that started a baked goods, granola and other food products stand right almost across from me in the other aisle. They seemed very nice and I was happy another food stand was back in that area. They seemed to draw more customers because you could see them when walking down that way in area 4. That is the way normal foot traffic flows in that area. The man told me once the weather got better (that was 2 winters ago) that market management was going to run water and drainage to their stand so they could open a deli. I thought that sounded very good. I won't mention what happened with that man, but his wife quickly pulled out of market on a Monday when I was there making dough. Later I found out what happened. That is the one thing that gets me that the market management was going to run water and drainage for them and they were new vendors. I think however, but don't really know, that is how bad market management wanted more food stands back there.
I don't know if you recall, but Steve is at Green Dragon with his WFO Airstream and makes Neapolitan pizzas and also NY style pizzas. They also sell pizza at the soft pretzel stand. I really wouldn't want to have to go to Green Dragon either, because it is farther away from where I live and going up there as many times a week as I do for Root's could become bothersome.
I really don't think Root's cares if I leave or not. I haven't talked to the market master about me possibly leaving, but did talk to the manger of the flea market about me leaving if I don't do better. The flea market manager told me he knows of someone that would be willing to purchase my pizza stand. I know who that pizza man is because he told me if I ever wanted to sell my pizza stand to call him.
I have seen a few new stands up in area 4 including a pasta stand that was dried pasta come to that area and then be moved over when a better location was available, but then they didn't need water and drainage.
I agree with you that it was not enough to just put a pizza stand there to get more foot traffic back to that area.