The historic Reading Terminal Market is operating, however, it is only seeing a fraction of the foot traffic and sales it saw pre-pandemic.
Being one of the oldest and largest markets in the country, the Market faced another pandemic back in early 1900s. Because COVID-19 has had such an impact on businesses and tourism, the Reading Terminal Market has turned to the public for financial help.
It has started a GoFundMe to crowdsource for donations, with a $250,000 goal. They are on track to reach this goal, with over $192,000 raised, and additional funding from media company Barstool Sports.
The market has over 80 small businesses under its roof, and some of these vendors have been forced to close, while the rest operate daily to remain afloat.
“We love our neighbors,” says Rebecca Foxman, owner and chef of Fox&Son’s Fancy Corndogs. “It’s extremely soul-crushing to see those who don’t make it through this pandemic for their businesses, as well as those who suffer from any health issues.”
The Market has implemented many safety measures to ensure the protection of their patrons.
“It’s safe in here. We’re all wearing masks, we sanitize often, we covered our store in plastic,” says Foxman.
The Market operates daily and continues to accept donations via GoFundMe. It even offers delivery services for both groceries and some vendors.