A new taco stand and a roasted-nut seller are set to be the latest additions in the Italian Market’s recent strategy to attract vendors to fill up the vacancies along 9th Street. The Ginger Snap’s organic grocer recently opened toward the north end of the market.
Michele Gambino, the business manager for the South 9th Street Business Association, said the progress in attracting new vendors has been slowed by antiquated regulations that she, the city and Councilman Mark Squilla’s office have been working to change.
“We need to get legislation to change anything,” Gambino said of the codes governing open-air markets. “We’re operating under regulations from 1907 that have never been updated.”