Progress made in lining up vendors for Union Street Market

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 6:56 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A pair of buildings on the old General Electric campus are being overhauled to clear the way for the Union Street Market at Electric Works. A half dozen food vendors have made some level of commitment to the seven-day a week public market and food hall that is supposed to open in the fall of 2022.

Space is being prepared in Buildings 20 and 22 on the GE campus for as many as 25 food cafes, coffee shops and other food-related merchants. In a middle section between the buildings, an indoor farmer’s market will be situated to provide produce and other fresh foods on Saturdays and possibly on Wednesdays year round. The half dozen vendors, including Bird and Cleaver and Conjure Coffee, have signed letters of intent to locate in the food hall.

Jeff Kingsbury with RTM Ventures, the developer of Electric Works, does not believe it will be too difficult to get about two dozen vendors lined up for the food venue.

“We’ve really taken a lot of learning from the pandemic and we’re really starting to think broadly about how we leverage technology, how we’ve learned from how retail and restaurants have needed to adapt with the pandemic. So we’ve applied a whole new technology approach to how people will be able to access these great merchants and vendors,” Kingsbury said.

The first phase of Electric Works includes more than 700,000 square feet of space for office, innovation, retail and entertainment uses.

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