(PITTSBURGH) March 6, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Pittsburgh Public Market will move to its new and improved location this summer. At 2401 Penn Avenue, the new location will allow the Market to remain in the Strip District while doubling its available space, and adding essential amenities such as air-conditioning, heating and restrooms. Earlier this year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) provided a $40,000 grant to Neighbors in the Strip to support the Market’s relocation and pre-development. It is expected to be open this summer.
“The Pittsburgh Public Market’s move further up Penn Avenue will make the corridor more walkable and attractive to pedestrians and shoppers, and will further expand the business district,” Ravenstahl said. “This is exactly what Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance is about – growing businesses, improving our neighborhoods and creating jobs.”
The new location will provide greater space and improved amenities, enabling the Market to expand its services. Neighbors in the Strip will have the ability to cook on site and operate a commercial kitchen, and air conditioning will allow chocolates, candy and ice cream to be sold again.
"The Public Market represents what Pittsburgh is all about - entrepreneurism, creativity and family," said NITS Director Becky Rodgers. "The last public market in Pittsburgh was located across the river on the Northside and demolished in 1965 to make room for Allegheny Center. Thanks to Mayor Ravenstahl’s commitment and ‘get it done’ attitude, we have reinstated a great part of Pittsburgh tradition."
In 2010, the URA provided a $100,000 grant to help establish the much-anticipated public market in the Strip District. Since then, the Pittsburgh Public Market has created over 130 local jobs and helped more than 70 businesses establish themselves - resulting in $2.4 million in gross sales. The Market has served as a great incubator for Pittsburgh’s local businesses. Many businesses started in the Market, built a client base and progressed to neighborhood storefronts, such as the Crested Duck Charcuterie in Beechview.
The expanded space creates greater availability for merchant space, and new and expanding businesses are encouraged to consider the opportunity. Contact Neighbors in the Strip at 412-201-4774 or call Tiffani, the Market’s manager, at 412-281-4505.
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