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Thank You for Making the 7th Annual Party for the Market a Resounding Success!

This year's Party for the Market was the most successful to date.  More than 1200 guests partied the night away and helped us to net more than $160,000 to preserve our historic (almost 125 year-old) market, as well as support performing arts and other cultural programming.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:

Premiere Sponsor:

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Sustaining Sponsors:


Talen Energy

Old City Coffee

Brandywine Realty Trust



Supporting Sponsor:

Albert Mezzaroba

Fashion Outlets Philadelphia

Citizens Bank

DiNic's Roast Pork and Beef

Hershel's East Side Deli

O'Donnell Metal Fabrication, Inc. 


Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Spataro's Cheesesteaks

Esh Foods

Market Friends:

1101 Market Street
Bassetts Ice Cream
Beck's Cajun Cafe
By George/Hunger Burger
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks
Contessa's French Linens
Dimitri J. Ververelli Inc.
Domenick & Associates
Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.
Genova Burns LLC
Gold Medal Environmental
John Yi Fish Market
Larry C. McCrae, Inc. 
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
MeltKraft/Valley Shepard Creamery
Metropolitan Bakery
Olympia Gyro
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
Santander Bank
Saul Ewing LLC
Sebastian Properties
Seltzer Company
Shanghai Gourmet
Sirlin, Lesser and Benson
The Cosmopolitan Apartments & Eugene Lefevre
Universal Protection Service
Visit Philadelphia
Western Pest Services

Market Open During Construction

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If you have been through the Market East neighborhood recently, you might have noticed that there is scaffolding on the 12th Street side of the Market (and a little on Arch Street and Filbert Street as well).  The convention center has begun the arduous process of replacing the roof from the Reading Terminal Headhouse on Market Street all the way to the Race Street side of the convention center (and include the Market's roof).  The target date of completion is November 2017.

The good news is that the Market will remain open as usual throughout the construction (all 10 sets of doors are still accessible).  So, please come shop and dine as usual!


the market blog

March 14 2017
It’s a little early in the year for a Shore boardwalk stroll or county fair excursion but you can go there gastronomically right now at the Market’s new Fox & Son.   It’s the first gourmet corn dog restaurant in Philly, if not the world, an...
February 01 2017
This is the time of year when most Market merchants catch their breath after the busy holiday season.   But for Bill Beck of Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Christmas and New Year’s are just the ramp-up to the equally busy Mardi Gras time.   Between th...
January 20 2017
Chicken wings were one of the cheapest things sold at Godshall's poultry stand when it opened in the Market in 1916. At that time and for many decades afterward, people only bought chicken wings to make stock or to feed animals, if they bought them a...

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Reading Terminal Market Regretfully Shares News of the Passing of Long-Time Merchant Michael Holahan



(1958 – 2016)

With heavy hearts, the Reading Terminal Market Corporation shares the news that our long-time merchant Michael Holahan passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening after suffering a heart attack. 

Michael and his wife Julie opened the Pennsylvania General Store in 1987, when the Market was struggling to survive and, since then, the Market has never looked back.  Michael changed our understanding of what it meant to be a “Merchant” in the Reading Terminal and he came to personify the very term.  Michael believed that when the Market’s Merchants worked together, the result was greater than the sum of the Merchants’ individual parts.  Selling the freshest and best tasting food and operating the cleanest store at the Market was necessary but it was not enough for Michael.  Being a Merchant meant spending hours to help organize and host events that the Market’s customers cherished; setting the standard for public markets worldwide; and then convincing generations of new Merchants to do the same thing.  Behind the scenes, Michael mentored other Merchants and staff, and his guiding voice, generosity, and wisdom will be forever missed.  Through his tireless and joyous efforts, Michael helped to make the Market one of America’s great civic institutions and a special place for millions of Philadelphians and residents in the Delaware Valley and beyond.  Michael served as President of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association from 2007-2012 and as President emeritus until his death.     


Michael is survived by his wife Julie, sons William and James, daughter Isabella, father Joseph Holahan, mother Marie Lauria, two brothers, a sister, and nine stepbrothers and sisters.

The visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 4-8pm at Gloria Dei Church, 570 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA.  Furthermore, a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 10 AM at Gloria Dei Church.  Please check the Wetzel Funeral Home website for charity and donation details.