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Thank You for Making the 7th Annual Party for the Market a Resounding Success!

This year's Party for the Market was the most successful to date.  More than 1200 guests partied the night away and helped us to net more than $160,000 to preserve our historic (almost 125 year-old) market, as well as support performing arts and other cultural programming.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:

Premiere Sponsor:

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Sustaining Sponsors:


Talen Energy

Old City Coffee

Brandywine Realty Trust



Supporting Sponsor:

Albert Mezzaroba

Fashion Outlets Philadelphia

Citizens Bank

DiNic's Roast Pork and Beef

Hershel's East Side Deli

O'Donnell Metal Fabrication, Inc. 


Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Spataro's Cheesesteaks

Esh Foods

Market Friends:

1101 Market Street
Bassetts Ice Cream
Beck's Cajun Cafe
By George/Hunger Burger
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks
Contessa's French Linens
Dimitri J. Ververelli Inc.
Domenick & Associates
Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.
Genova Burns LLC
Gold Medal Environmental
John Yi Fish Market
Larry C. McCrae, Inc. 
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
MeltKraft/Valley Shepard Creamery
Metropolitan Bakery
Olympia Gyro
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
Santander Bank
Saul Ewing LLC
Sebastian Properties
Seltzer Company
Shanghai Gourmet
Sirlin, Lesser and Benson
The Cosmopolitan Apartments & Eugene Lefevre
Universal Protection Service
Visit Philadelphia
Western Pest Services

Market Open During Construction

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If you have been through the Market East neighborhood recently, you might have noticed that there is scaffolding on the 12th Street side of the Market (and a little on Arch Street and Filbert Street as well).  The convention center has begun the arduous process of replacing the roof from the Reading Terminal Headhouse on Market Street all the way to the Race Street side of the convention center (and include the Market's roof).  The target date of completion is November 2017.

The good news is that the Market will remain open as usual throughout the construction (all 10 sets of doors are still accessible).  So, please come shop and dine as usual!


the market blog

March 14 2017
It’s a little early in the year for a Shore boardwalk stroll or county fair excursion but you can go there gastronomically right now at the Market’s new Fox & Son.   It’s the first gourmet corn dog restaurant in Philly, if not the world, an...
February 01 2017
This is the time of year when most Market merchants catch their breath after the busy holiday season.   But for Bill Beck of Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Christmas and New Year’s are just the ramp-up to the equally busy Mardi Gras time.   Between th...
January 20 2017
Chicken wings were one of the cheapest things sold at Godshall's poultry stand when it opened in the Market in 1916. At that time and for many decades afterward, people only bought chicken wings to make stock or to feed animals, if they bought them a...

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The Early Years

Reading Terminal Market opened its doors in 1892. The new Market was approximately 78,000 square feet and held nearly 800 spaces for merchants, each positioned in six foot stalls. The Market was laid out in a grid system similar to the streets of Philadelphia. There were twelve aisles and four avenues. It was the perfect location for easily receiving and shipping goods.

Soon after opening, the new state-of-the-art Reading Terminal Market would boast that its refrigeration facility was by far the biggest in Philadelphia with its half-million cubic feet of space and 52 separate rooms, each cooled to individual temperatures, 15 – 25 degrees for meat and poultry, 34 degrees for fruits and vegetables. The refrigeration system included an array of special pumps, compressors, and other equipment to handle the brine and ammonia used in its operation. When the cold-storage facility reached full stride a few years later, a visitor to its chilly climes would regularly find stored there 200,000 pounds of meat, 50,000 crates of eggs, thousands of cans of cream, 10,000 – 20,000 boxes of poultry, 10,000 barrels of berries and cherries, 25,000 barrels of apples, and 10,000 tons of ice.

In later years, business flourished as suburban housewives began to take advantage of another aspect of the railroad's involvement in the Market – a free market basket service on suburban trains. Under the system, the homeowner could arrange for her grocery order to be filled in the Market and the basket placed upon a train bound for her town and held at the station until she picked it up.

As horse-drawn wagons gave way to refrigerated trucks in the years after World War I, the Market was able to improve its earlier attempts at home delivery. The trucks provided service every hour to some 60 suburban towns and resorts along the New Jersey shore.

In November 1931 the Reading Terminal Market and the Merchants' Association jointly celebrated the Market's 40th anniversary with a week-long "Food and Home Progress Exposition," which drew tens of thousands of people from all over the region. A proud Reading president, Agnew T. Dice, bragged that the railroad's unique food emporium had won nationwide fame, touting that it was the biggest market in Pennsylvania, and the largest under one roof in the country.