Harrisburg’s New Broad St Market’s Temporary Tent Building Structure Ready to Open With 9 Vendors

A significant new development in Harrisburg’s history is set to unfold later this month with the opening of the new Broad Street Market building on Thursday, May 23, as announced by the Market Alliance.

The city has been managing the construction of the new tent-like structure at Broad Street Market, and reports indicate that construction is nearing completion. Following this, the facility will undergo final inspections before opening its doors to the public. In preparation, nine vendors are currently making the final tweaks to their stands in anticipation of the opening day.

Eric Hagarty, Chair of the Market, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Following last year’s devastating fire, there has been a palpable anticipation among customers, vendors, and supporters for this reopening. Harrisburg has shown its resilience and community spirit in making this day possible. The new space, which will be revealed on May 23, transcends its temporary exterior to offer a vibrant hub for fresh produce, meats, and other delights that have been missed in recent months. This marks the first step towards the Market’s full recovery.”

The nine vendors ready to inaugurate the new market facility include:

  • Cherished Treasures
  • Diaspora
  • Doggie Delights
  • Fisher’s Delights
  • Lil’s Pretzels
  • Peach Ridge Produce
  • rijuice
  • Taylor Chip
  • Two Brothers BBQ

The new tent structure will operate during the normal Broad St. Market business hours, which is Thurs-Fri from 7am-6pm and on Saturdays from 7am-4pm.  There was no timetable given for when we can expect the permanent building to be redeveloped.

Constructing the new market facility from scratch has been a challenging task. The structure is designed to operate year-round, equipped with essential amenities such as air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electricity. The customization of vendor stands aims to recreate a familiar shopping experience for both business owners and customers.

The project benefited from substantial community support and generous contributions from various local businesses and organizations:

  • The McClure Company provided free plumbing installation.
  • Touch of Color Flooring donated commercial-grade vinyl flooring.
  • Midtown Property Management offered facilities and leasing support at no charge.
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 handled the roofing.
  • Capital Door & Hardware contributed doors and frames.
  • Carpenters from Local 431 and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters undertook carpentry work.
  • KCS Electric was responsible for electrical installations.

Governor Josh Shapiro’s administration also played a pivotal role in expediting the construction process.

The Broad Street Market, established in 1860, holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operated market house in the United States. It remains a central feature of Harrisburg’s Midtown business corridor, hosting a variety of vendors who offer locally-sourced and organic food products including produce, meats, baked goods, and freshly-prepared meals.

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