Distributors move into trendsetting new Philadelphia market

09/07/2011 10:45:00 AM
Doug Ohlmeier

Leonard Klinghoffer, partner and president of Klinghoffer Bros. Inc., is considered the oldest living produce salesman working in the market.

Klinghoffer, 87, plans to retire later this year. He started working produce on the city’s old Dock Street market and later made the move to the older facility on Pattison and Packer avenues, which opened in 1959.

“This is a great facility,” Klinghoffer said. “There is plenty of parking for the trucks that come in and when the merchandise comes in, it stays well and goes out well. We didn’t have this with the older market which was modern when it opened.”

The new facilities bear no resemblance to the older market operations, said Mike Maxwell, president of Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. Chief executive officer and board chairman Joseph Procacci was one of the produce leaders who helped relocate terminal market operations.

“It’s a whole other world, like the 21st century vs. the 20th century,” Maxwell said. “The honeymoon period is over and we are becoming more and more familiar with the building every day.”


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