The public market concept is based on European markets where people shopped daily for their food, and evolved into the market houses that served as the retail centers of pre-1950s American cities. Over the past two decades, public markets have evolved again to promote public goals that serve their communities & regions.
Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers, vendors & artisans to showcase their wares, and for consumers to enjoy the freshness, variety & uniqueness of the food & merchandise grown and created in our region. Seasonal farmers markets, craft fairs and, to a large extent, the Strip itself, have helped to fill this gap, but something more was needed.
Pittsburgh Public Market was built as a modern return to the traditional centralized market that provides a unique variety of food and goods and provides opportunities to connect local merchants with consumers. After an eight-year planning process by its parent organization, Neighbors in the Strip, PPM opened in a 12,000 square foot space on September 3, 2010, in the Produce Terminal Building on Smallman Street.
Due to development in the area and a need for improved infrastructure, PPM recognized the need to identify a new, permanent home for the Market. In spring of 2013, the Market’s relocation to the 30,000+ space at 2401 Penn Avenue was announced. The Market opened at its current location on October 23, 2013.