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The Pittsburgh Public Market re-opens in its new and improved space 

"It's just a better place to grow in."

Though the grand-opening celebration is a few weeks away, the Strip District's Pittsburgh Public Market is up and running at its new location at 24th Street and Penn Avenue.

"This past weekend was a very soft opening, but the vendors were ready to get back to making money," says Becky Rodgers, executive director of Neighbors in the Strip. "The new building really is wonderful."

The Public Market opened in 2010 in the historic produce terminal on Smallman Street, but potential development plans there forced the market to find a new home.

The new climate-controlled space, located at 2401 Penn Ave., is a better fit for the market, says Cindy Cassell, special-projects manager for Neighbors in the Strip. "The old spot in the produce terminal had a lot of limitations. There weren't any 220 [-volt electrical] lines, so we couldn't even cook there. But we negotiated away a lot of the market's amenities at the time so we could open."

In the new locale, the market will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Market manager Tiffani Emig expects the number of shoppers and merchants to grow in the future. "We've had a ton of people through the door already and we've been bombarded with requests from businesses looking to move into the space. Infrastructure-wise, it's just a better place to grow in."

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