Market Growth

The Reading Terminal readies renovations

The Reading Terminal Market is giving its east end a facelift—a move that will increase leasable space, decrease clutter and drastically improve restroom facilities.

The plan was conceived when management decided to add a second freight elevator—it became clear that they could move the bulk of the ground floor storage downstairs, freeing up considerable real estate for new vendors and renovation. “It’s long been a goal to make the east end of the market as vibrant as the west end,” explains General Manager Paul Steinke. In some ways, this project is the next logical step in the market’s renaissance.

Reading Terminal is working with Friday Architects, a local architecture and design firm that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Construction is scheduled to begin right after the holidays and, fortunately for hungry Philadelphians, will require no closures for the historic market. —Lee Stabert

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.,