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Public Market upgrade complete

A nearly $8 million upgrade to the City of Rochester’s Public Market has been completed.

The project included renovation work to improve and expand market amenities for vendors, shoppers and businesses. A covered outdoor vending shed was added and the number of vendor stalls was expanded, adding to the diversity of products available.

A demonstration/education kitchen has been added to the Public Market, and to improve the comfort and experience for visitors and vendors new restrooms were added.

The project is expected to lead to a roughly $8 million increase in annual sales.

“The renovation of the historic Public Market in Rochester will help to provide much-needed access to fresh food, facilitate the creation of agriculture-related jobs in the region and make the market even more attractive to tourists,” said Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky, in a statement. “Supporting local agricultural and tourism efforts are crucial to the success of the Finger Lakes Forward regional economic development plan.”

Empire State Development, through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, awarded capital grant funding totaling $2 million for the project. An additional $2 million was received from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“Our Public Market has been a center of commerce and culture in our community for 112 years,” said Mayor Lovely Warren. “It is one of the most dynamic and celebrated public markets in the nation and the completion of this ambitious project ensures it will remain a Rochester tradition for generations to come. Investments like this greatly improve our quality of life, support local businesses and create jobs, which ultimately leads to safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

Rochester Public Market opened on North Union Street in 1905. Vendors offer a number of items including local produce, meats, seafood and dairy products, as well as ethnic delicacies and specialty items.

“The Rochester Public Market is a staple of our city’s downtown and serves as a great resource for fresh, healthy and affordable produce for families in our community,” County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said. “The improvements at the Rochester Public Market are a win for families and a win for Monroe County residents as they provide healthier dining options, connect residents with local agricultural products and help small businesses grow.”

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