Pike Place for Tri-Cities
PUBLIC MARKET - KENNEWICK, WA The dream of a year-round indoor market in the Tri-Cities is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Its owners want to bring the atmosphere of Pike Place Market in Seattle and of Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee to shoppers in the Tri-Cities. What was once a Welch’s Grape Juice plant will soon become the first large indoor market in the Tri-Cities.
The Public Market at Columbia Warehouse will open in two phases and have room for up to 140 vendors, starting this spring with a coffee shop, produce sellers, artists and homes good vendors selling items such as decor, antiques, candles and specialty foods. Ice Harbor Brewing will be moving its downtown location to the second floor of the building, above the market, along with an expected event venue and commercial kitchen expected to open at a later date.
Project Manager Audra Thurman said they have began leasing out spaces for Phase 1 of the project, which will be the portion that launches this spring. She said that phase will involve 50 to 70 vendors. Workers have been separating the stall areas, but ultimately it will be the vendors who decide what their space will look like. Thurman said their goal is to give vendors the freedom to create a space of their own. The market will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and for special events. She said they’ve already leased a variety of spaces ranging from single spots to larger setups that incorporate two to four of the 13-foot by 14-foot stalls.
Vendors have the option of leasing for three months, six months or a year. “It really is their own little store front. They’ll have a gate that shuts and locks, so they really can come to work, close it up when they leave and not have to worry about breaking down,” Thurman said. “You can’t beat these prices to have a brick and mortar.”
THE FACILITY The 60,000-square-foot market will occupy the entire first floor of the downtown warehouse at 10 E. Bruneau Ave. It is one of two indoor public markets hoping to open in the Tri-Cities in 2022.
Article courtesy of the Tri-City Herald.