Italian Market searching for new businesses to take over empty stands

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.

Image via Plan Philly
Image via Plan Philly

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.

2 thoughts on “Italian Market searching for new businesses to take over empty stands

  • February 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Love 9th Street and adding new stands but rhey really need to clean up the street on a regular basis. Unique area fir tourists to visit.

  • February 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I am looking forward to the future of the market. I would love to see them close off the street to vehicle traffic for small durations during the weekend.

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