The developers of Electric Works in Fort Wayne have unveiled the identity of what they say will be northeast Indiana’s first food hall and public market. Union Street Market, which gets its name from the earliest days of the former General Electric campus, is scheduled to open in fall 2022.
Modeled on many of the country’s most successful market halls, Union Street Market will offer a range of regionally sourced foods and beverages. The market will feature 20-plus merchants open daily and will also serve as the permanent home of the Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market.
Electric Works says Joseph Decuis and Conjure Coffee have already committed to opening within the space.
“Union Street Market integrates perfectly into the overall vision for Electric Works – rooted in history while striving for a future built in innovation, energy, and culture,” said Jeff Kingsbury of RTM Ventures, the development team behind Electric Works. “We’re committed to partner with food entrepreneurs who share our passion for increasing access to fresh, healthy food and providing a truly unique experience for the community, and those who appreciate the magic of an authentic market environment.”
The market will be situated in the former buildings 20, 20A and 22. Union Street Market will cover more than 37,000 square feet and will provide merchants a host of infrastructure and management services, enabling them to focus on producing and selling great food.
In addition, Electric Works announced public-market expert Ted Spitzer as director of market planning and development. Electric Works says Spitzer has helped assisted many of the country’s iconic public markets, including Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, Lexington Market in Baltimore, and Eastern Market in Detroit.
“I’m excited to help the Electric Works team bring a world-class public market experience to Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana,” said Spitzer. “This is a growing region, and it’s an ideal time for a true food hall and public market – and Electric Works will provide the perfect location for it.”
According to Electric Works, Spitzer will work with local and regional food and beverage producers, restaurateurs, and other food entrepreneurs to help curate a mix of merchants at the market.
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