“I feel the concept is great, but there’s no reason why it’s always 50-55 degrees in here,” said Leonard Klinghoffer, partner and president of Klinghoffer Bros. Inc.
“There’s no reason we can’t regulate the temperatures better. The boxes are too cold and it’s not good for the tomatoes. You have to wear two sweaters and jackets to remain at a comfortable level,” he said.
Al Finer, president of Al Finer Co., said he wished the market could have been constructed on a site that had railroad access.
“My beef has always been the same thing,” Finer said. “We walked away from an old market with no railroad siding and ventured into a new one without a railroad siding. To me, that did not make any sense.”
Finer said the “hard” produce items such as apples, pears, plums, potatoes and onions travel well by rail, and distributors can pass on the savings gained by rail transport to their customers.
Even with the lack of rail capacity, Finer, who also runs a produce brokerage, said he likes the new place in many ways and said it possesses many advantages over its predecessor.
Customers give good reviews.
“Whoever I talk to, they like it,” said Dave Berghold, owner of Berghold Produce, Allentown.
“What’s also good is that there are no tie-ups. As busy as this place is, there’s never any congestion at the busiest times.”
Berghold said the abundance of customer parking provides another advantage compared to the older market, which saw constant congestion.