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The new tent-like building across from the Stone Building on 3rd & Verbeke will host nine vendors. It will serve as a temporary replacement for the Brick Building.

{HARRISBURG} — An exciting new chapter in the City of Harrisburg’s history will be written later this month. The new Broad Street Market building will open to the public on Thursday, May 23, the Market Alliance announced Wednesday.

The City, which has been overseeing construction of the new Broad Street Market tent structure, is telling the Market’s board of directors that construction is in the process of completing. Once that occurs, final inspections will take place and the market will be ready to open. Meanwhile, nine vendors are making final adjustments on their new stands, and plan to be ready for opening day.

“Due to last year’s tragic fire, the Broad Street Market’s customers, vendors, and supporters have understandably been waiting a long time for this day. Harrisburg is a resilient town and the community has stepped up to finally make this day a reality,” said Eric Hagarty, Chair of the Market. “When the public has the chance to see the new space on May 23, we think it will be apparent that despite the exterior, it is so much more than a tent . It’s a wonderful, vibrant place to get the produce, meats, and treats we’ve been missing for months. Also, it’s the first step on the Market’s road to lasting recovery.”


The nine vendors slated to open in the new Broad Street Market building are:

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

Building a new market building from the ground-up has not been easy. The tent-like structure will be open to the public year-round. Because of that, it will need to function like a normal building with amenities like air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electricity. In addition, vendors’ stands and dimensions were custom built to give business owners as close to a familiar feeling as possible. Those utilities took time to install, and would not be possible without support and generous contributions from:

  • The McClure Company, which installed plumbing at no cost to the City.
  • Touch of Color Flooring, which donated commercial-grade vinyl flooring.
  • Midtown Property Management, which is providing facilities and leasing support to the Market for free;
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 for providing roof work;
  • Capital Door & Hardware for installing doors and frames at no cost;
  • Members of the Carpenters Local 431 and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, who performed carpentry work inside the structure for free; and,
  • KCS Electric, which installed electricity in the building.

Also, Governor Josh Shapiro’s administration played a large supporting role. They were active in helping to speed the process along. As a result, work was able to finish faster than it could have been.

The Broad Street Market, founded in 1860, is the oldest continuously-operated market house in the United States. It serves as the long-time anchor of retail activity in Harrisburg’s Midtown business corridor, with dozens of vendors providing locally-grown and organic food, such as produce, meats, baked goods, freshly-prepared meals, and more. 



Read more about the Broad Street Market and the process of building it back up


Matt Maisel, Communications Director, City of Harrisburg | Eric Hagarty, Chair, Broad Street Market Alliance
(717) 255-7295 | (425) 387-3158
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