"Cover Story" piece on the Portland Public Market (PPM), which has made some cha


Allen Dammann


Casco Bay Weekly




10-11, 13, 1


"Cover Story" piece on the Portland Public Market (PPM), which has made some changes in the way it does business. But after nearly two years of operations, it still takes massive subsidies from the Libra Foundation to keep functioning. PPM brought in $6.5 million in revenue last year, well short of the predicted $10 million. The Libra Foundation, a philanthropic body established by the late Betty Noyce and managed by Portland attorney Owen Wells, also underwrote PPM's $9 million construction bill. The market is, however, now operating at full capacity for vendors for the first time since it opened, and it recently announced that New York chef and Maine native Matthew Kenney would be opening a restaurant in the building later this year. With comments by local businessmen who lost money and have left PPM, and others who have found the location profitable. Also with details about changes in PPM's policies and contracts since it opened, and a brief look at the obstacles that its vendors must overcome as perceived by local academics and Maine's commissioner of agriculture.


Portland Public Market

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