Title

The Portland Public Market, off the beaten path on Preble Street, was expected t

Source

Mainebiz

Date

9-29-2003

Pages

1, 6

Abstract

The Portland Public Market, off the beaten path on Preble Street, was expected to be financially independent of the Libra Foundation within five years and to generate $8 million in sales in its first year. Those projections failed to materialize, and vendors' criticisms of market director Ted Spitzer caused a high turnover rate. Greg Dove replaced Spitzer last year, instituted vendor-friendly changes, and is trying to establish a "market district" to draw more retail stores to the area and pull in customers. After two high-end market restaurants failed, he says he has plans for a "family dining" establishment to fill the space soon. He says that for 2002, sales were up 12 percent over the previous year, and that this year, through July, sales are up nearly 4 percent over last year.

Subjects

Portland Public Market

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