Cash mob to strike at Rail Yards Market


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A weekly event that is growing in popularity will be mobbed with even more visitors in a week and a half.

The Rail Yards Market will be the site of a cash mob.

Normally the site of a cash mob is kept secret until moments before it happens.

This time, the group is spreading the word about the rail yards, hoping for a big turnout.

Typically about 40 people stream into one local small business, fill up their carts and spend.

It is the ABQ CashMob.

“We try to stick to the really small stores that really need the support,” said Sam Hufnagel, founder of the nonprofit.

He started ABQ CashMob almost two years ago in hopes of boosting the local economy.

“We are really trying to focus on those businesses that don’t have other avenues for advertisement,” he said.

Guerilla Graphix, Birdland and Bigglesnorts Toy Store are some of the 20 businesses mobbed so far.

Number 21: the Rail Yards Market.

“The Rail Yards is a great thing to happen to Albuquerque,” Hufnagel said. “For us to have a regular event where we’re going out into the community and being able to participate in something together, support local artists, support local growers, it’s a really great thing.”

A mob is expected to crowd the front of the Rail Yards Market at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday August 10, 2014.

ABQ CashMob strikes once a month and said it’s responsible for nearly $20,000 worth of local spending since its creation.

“One of the biggest rewards is the response from the business owners,” Hufnagel said. “I’ve had business owners say that’s been they’re best day in months, in years”

ABQ CashMob is teaming up with KeepItQuerque, a group of local business owners who also promote buying local, for the mob at the Rail Yards.

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