Lunar New Year

Reading Terminal Market wishes you a Happy Lunar New Year Join us for a A Lion Dance in the market on Saturday, January 28 at…

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National Cookie Day

$1 Holiday Cookies all day at retail locations, free nationwide delivery, and customer prize packs with free cookies for lucky shoppers at Reading Terminal Market….

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RTM Sweetstakes

Enter now – December 25 The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the continental United States where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen…

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Magras at the Market

You’ll see a familiar Philadelphia institution on PHL17 every week as part of our new partnership, Magras at the Market! Reporter Jayna Magras will be…

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Turkey Time

Also available: Goose, Capon, Turducken, and Turkey Breast See Poultry Merchants for details Cooked Turkeys available from TheOriginalTurkey.com

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Party For The Market

SOLD OUT Party for the Market is an exclusive, highly anticipated, annual Gala – an after-hours transformation of Reading Terminal Market into a lively evening…

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Sparrow’s

Coming Soon! Sparrow’s is a third generation family business, specializing in All Natural, Gluten Free snack foods and gifts made with the most premium ingredients. …

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Delivery

40+ Reading Terminal Market merchants deliver within a 10 mile radius through our delivery partner, Mercato. These merchants offer nationwide shipping Bassetts Ice Cream Famous 4th…

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COVID-19

Reading Terminal Market operated as an essential business during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring Philadelphians had continued access to fresh, affordable food.

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120 YEARS

The Reading Terminal Market celebrated 120 years of bringing fresh and local food to Philadelphia.

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GROWTH

The Reading Terminal Market was 100% occupied, a result of growth in downtown residential population and tourism.

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MARKET PRESERVATION

Supporters of the market organized The Reading Terminal Market Preservation Fund to ensure that the market retained its character as the convention center project developed.

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INCREASED OCCUPANCY

The market was 60% occupied and had become a center for charitable and seasonable food events and impromptu piano concerts.

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LEASING THE MARKET

The Reading Company leased the Market to a real estate speculator 15 years. He raised rents driving out 30 of the 56 remaining merchants.

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BANKRUPTCY

Reading Company declared bankruptcy and no longer invested in the upkeep of the market.

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PRESERVATION OF THE MARKET

1970-1980: Preservationists who wanted to save the market battled with those who wanted to demolish it to advance the East Market Redevelopment plan

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INFORMAL MARKETS

Informal markets formed around Front and High (Market) Streets near where farmers and fisherman brought their goods from southern New Jersey.

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IMPROVING SAFETY

1950 – 1960 New local and federal regulations intended to improve safety of the food supply increased merchants’ cost of doing business.

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MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

Merchants organized the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association to stem the loss of business from the City’s new parking regulations and the downturn in the…

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THE SOURCE

Reading Terminal Market advertised itself as the “Source of Main Food Supply of Philadelphia and Adjacent Territory” with 250 specialized dealers and 100 farmers occupying…

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RTM OPENS FOR BUSINESS

The Reading Terminal Market opened for business. Merchants at the Butchers and Farmers’ Market and the Franklin Market moved into the new Reading Terminal Market.

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CONSTRUCTION

Construction began on the Reading Terminal after the Company agreed to build a market underneath the new railroad station.

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CONSOLIDATION

The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company consolidated its four Philadelphia terminals to build one large terminal in downtown Philadelphia. The Company purchased the 1110 block…

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BUTCHERS AND FARMERS MARKETS

The indoor Butchers’ and Farmers’ Market located in the 1100 block of Market Street opened for business. The indoor Franklin Market was established on 10th…

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NINE MARKET HOUSES

Market Street had nine market houses that stretched from Water to Eighth Street and two markets west of Broad Street between Fifteenth and Seventeenth Streets

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