(Aug. 7) PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Regional Produce Market wholesalers may be closer to finally moving to a new location.

The market’s vendors Aug. 1 voted to allow market manager Sonny DiCrecchio to contact state officials to begin the real estate purchase process for land expected to house the new market.

Saying he didn’t want to disrupt negotiations, DiCrecchio declined to identify the site but said it remains “very local” to the market’s current south side location.

DiCrecchio said he expects to make an announcement by mid-August.

In mid-May, Gov. Edward Rendell scuttled the market's plan to move to the Navy Yard. Before that, the wholesalers had another location set up until the governor invited them to relocate to the Navy facility.

Though the announced market is expected to be smaller than the other two planned locations, DiCrecchio said distributors plan to gain additional cold storage space by the current market’s coolers. Plans call for the current market site to be developed into a cold storage rail unloading facility.