First opened in 1892, the historic Reading Terminal Market, is now home to more than 80 merchants. ((courtesy, J. Smith for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation))

Reading Terminal Market is one of Philadelphia's oldest and most famous shopping venues. It opened in 1892 and occupies approximately 78,000 square feet, with nearly 800 spaces for merchants. Its state-of-the-art refrigeration facility was by far the biggest in Philadelphia, with a half-million cubic feet of space and 52 separate rooms. After growth in the years following World War II, the market fell into disrepair. But by the 1980s, it began a dramatic turnaround. Today, Reading Terminal Market is once again the culinary paradise that its original planners had envisioned. Many of the historic market stands survived the reconstruction and are filled with local produce, fresh eggs, milk, meats, poultry, seafood, handmade crafts, jewelry, and clothing. The market is home to more than 80 merchants, two of whom are descendants of original merchants.

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51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

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Telephone Number: (215) 922-2317
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