The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market is celebrating its fifth year.
In September, the market is considering celebrating the event for customers and market workers, said Christine Hoffman, the facilityâ€™s marketing coordinator.
â€œThereâ€™s a good spirit of cooperation at this market,â€ Hofmann said. â€œThe sellers are friendly and cooperative and will direct market customers to where they need to go (to purchase other product). Iâ€™m not sure you find that in every market.â€
Overall, the market is doing well and houses a strong core of merchants, said John Vena Jr., chairman of the marketâ€™s marketing committee and president of John Vena Inc. in Philadelphia.
By the end of 2016, the operation should be on schedule to be at 100% occupancy, he said.Â
â€œThere are benefits up and down the supply chain (with the market), Vena said. â€œOur market is well-positioned to do what terminal markets have always done well: provide variety, freshness and quality. As the industry continues to incorporate additional standards for food safety and security, transparency, and sustainability, our market will continue to provide value to the industry at all levels.â€
When most of the marketâ€™s wholesalers relocated from their aging and decrepit facilities, they absorbed additional expenses, said Chip Wiechec, president of Philadelphiaâ€™s Hunter Bros. Inc.
As with any move, some always say they couldnâ€™t afford the rent and how the move wouldnâ€™t be good, he said.
However, five years later, market wholesalers have experienced more benefits, Wiechec said.
â€œThereâ€™s really a lot of positive vibes with the people that are here,â€ he said. â€œOnce weâ€™re at 100%, we will be on a very solid ground as a market. Everyone will benefit from that.â€
Martin Roth, secretary-treasurer of Coosemans Philadelphia Inc., acknowledges the move was worthwhile.
â€œItâ€™s okay,â€ he said. â€œBusiness has increased.â€