After years of delays and numerous setbacks, Philadelphia’s new produce terminal has finally opened its doors for business.
After the last day on the old market on South Galloway Street on June 2, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market officially opened for business in its new modern facility on June 5.
Originally scheduled to open last fall, opening day was delayed to January. Then pushed back to April 3. After problems with the building’s refrigeration system developed, market officials postponed the opening to April 10, which was tentatively rescheduled for May 1 and again delayed to May 15 before being rescheduled for June 5.
“We are thrilled to be officially operating in our new market,” Sonny DiCrecchio, the market’s chief executive officer, said in a June 6 news release. “The years of planning and building have certainly been challenging, but in the end, we have a one of a kind facility that is open and ready to service customers.”
Wholesalers said the move into the $218.5 million operation was worth the many false starts.
“The delayed move to the new market simply provided the merchants with an opportunity to further plan logistically for a smooth transition,” John Vena Jr., market board member and president of John Vena Inc., said in the release. “It was great to see the expression on our client’s faces yesterday as we opened the doors to the new facility. It is a day that we will not soon forget and I’m honored to have been a part of this historical day.”
The 26 market wholesalers distribute produce inside a 700,000-square-foot refrigerated building on 6700 Essington Ave. north of the city’s airport.