KYW’s Steve Tawa reports that general manager Paul Steinke says they’re making room for more vendors in the back of the market:
“Right now it’s largely given over to tenant storage and service for the market.”
He says those storage lockers will be relocated to the basement, which is as large as the market itself, at 78,000 square feet:
“But it’s underutilized for that purpose. It’s served, presently, by a single freight elevator. We’re adding a second freight elevator.”
All told, he adds, the reconfiguration will create about 3,300 square feet of new retail space, which means upwards of six or seven new merchants on the ground floor:
“We’re going to keep our eye on making the market stronger as a source for fresh foods and groceries, which is not to say we won’t include some prepared foods.”
Steinke says they want to make sure the mix supports the market’s mission to be a farmer’s market.
The $4.5-million renovation also includes relocating the restrooms. The new ones will have 44 percent more space.
Eventually, Steinke says, Reading Terminal Market wants to be able to expand across Filbert Street into the “headhouse” section of the old train station, creating a new retail experience for shoppers along Market Street.