The South 9th Street Business Association, which took over management of the Italian Market at the beginning of the year, is searching for applicants to open new businesses in empty curbside stalls.
About half of the market’s 160 stands between Christian and Federal streets are empty, but the management change from the city to the association was made to hopefully fill those gaps. The association is starting to accept applications this month with the intention of having new vendors open by April.
Michele Gambino, business manager of the association, told Plan Philly: “We’re kinda interested to see what kind of businesses want to be down here. It’s a great opportunity to start a small business, a very low-cost model.”
Each 10 foot by 3 foot stand goes for $300 a month and vendors can apply for up to four. The association is targeting organic produce and craft foods, and “other types of artisanal businesses are also encouraged to apply.”
The association had six viable applicants as of last week. If you want to apply for a stand, you can download Word documents of the application by clicking here and information on the particulars here.