Columbus, Ohio (April 3, 2019)
Columbus, Ohio’s historic North Market is pleased to announce the expansion of a second location in 2020. A subsidiary of the North Market Development Authority, the nonprofit organization that manages North Market, has reached a management agreement with Crawford Hoying and the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority to operate a new public market at Bridge Park, the newest mixed-use development located in downtown Dublin, Ohio. The new market’s branding and merchant mix will be announced in the coming weeks.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the historic North Market to continue its mission of incubating small businesses and celebrating best in class culinary experiences,” said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market Executive Director. “We are excited about expanding our footprint in the Central Ohio region.”
In operation since 1876, North Market was the second of four public markets built throughout the City of Columbus (North, East, West and Central) and is currently the only remaining public market in the area.
By opening the second true public market in Central Ohio, North Market intends to continue its 143-year mission to offer fresh foods including produce, meat and fish, poultry and game, and dairy. Additional items will include flowers and a healthy mix of bakery, confections, gifts, beer/wine/spirits, and prepared foods.
“By linking ‘food with place,’ public market systems can be vital centers of exchange connecting rural and urban environments and places that anchor local culture and social life for all residents,” said Wolfe. [Read more on the community impact of public markets below.]
Currently under construction in the newest phase of Bridge Park, the market will be located on the ground floor at 6736 Longshore Street and is expected to open in spring 2020.
“Throughout planning the next phase of Bridge Park, we’ve been excited about the opportunity for a public market and knew North Market would be the perfect addition,” said Matt Starr, Director of Development at Crawford Hoying. “We want to bring the freshest solution to not only Bridge Park tenants, visitors, office users and residents, but to Dublin and its surrounding communities. The new public market at Bridge Park will provide just that.”
The new location is being designed with merchants at top of mind. With an open market layout, it will include 22,000 SF of front of house space for 20 merchant stalls to operate from, and approximately 10,000 SF of back of house space with loading docks. In addition, the new market will be able to accommodate both small and large events and offers direct indoor and outdoor access.
“We’ve been excited for the opportunity to design this second location from the ground up,” said Jeff Pongonis, Board of Trustees President at North Market Development Authority. “Throughout the process, we’ve been careful yet excited to honor the essence of what North Market is and has been while taking advantage of the opportunities a brand new facility has to offer.”
North Market is now reviewing merchants to operate at their location at Bridge Park. Interested vendors are encouraged to learn more and apply here.