Distributors on the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market are once again facing another delay in moving into their new facility. The new market is now scheduled to open in early June.

In a May 12 news release, market officials stated the 26 wholesalers plan to end business at the old market facility on June 2 and begin operations at the new market June 5.

The new market was scheduled to open last fall. That opening was delayed to January and again pushed back to April 3. After problems with the new facility’s refrigeration system arose, market officials delayed the opening to April 10; it was later was tentatively rescheduled for May 1 and again set back to mid-May.

“Together with the merchants of the (market), we are thrilled to officially announce the opening of our new market,” Sonny DiCrecchio, the market’s chief executive officer, said in the release. “The years of planning and construction have paid off and our customers have everything to gain by the increased level of service, amenities and quality that they can expect to experience at the new (wholesale market).”

“We, the merchants of (the market), are absolutely elated about moving in,” market board member John Vena Jr., president of John Vena Inc., said in the release. “ … It is an amazing facility and it affords us the opportunity to improve the whole process of serving our customers.”

Distributors tout the new operation’s large refrigeration capacity and say the 700,000-square-foot plant should help them better serve the customers they distribute to within a 500-mile radius of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia wholesalers 'elated' about move, finally

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After numerous delays, the opening date of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market has been set for early June.