We are thrilled to release a Request for Proposals in to search for a new Market merchant. Fresh Food Fight invites interested applicants to submit their fresh food and grocery concepts to the Market for evaluation, a judging event this summer, and potential selection to be the Market’s next merchant. Click here to view the RFP; submissions are open until Friday, May 17 with a Q&A period through Friday, April 19.
The Market will not be considering any prepared food proposals (e.g. foods cooked on-site to be sold in a restaurant style concept). Applicants must be owner-operators physically on-site and actively involved in the Market community. The focus should be on concepts that are distinguishable from what already exists both at Reading Terminal and in Philadelphia. Proposals will be evaluated on how true the concept is to fresh food. Example concepts include a Halal and/or Kosher butcher, bread baked in-house, and an ethnic grocery.
“We wanted to do something different to inspire creativity and help spread the word. The Fresh Food Fight RFP and event are unlike anything we’ve done before in encouraging applicants for an open merchant space,” said Anuj Gupta. “This search is in line with the Market’s mission of providing fresh, affordable food options to Philadelphians, and is in response to those who do their shopping at the Market asking for a wider variety of fresh food options.”
The Reading Terminal Market Corporation Board of Directors will review all submissions. Once semi-finalists are selected, they will be invited to a special event at the Market to present their concept to a panel of judges. Following the judging, finalists will be evaluated by the Reading Terminal Market Corporation Leasing Committee. The Market will provide a discretionary cash prize of up to $10,000 to be used towards fit out costs for a merchant that is both chosen as a winner and enters into a successful negotiation with the RTMC Leasing Committee for a leased space at Reading Terminal Market.