Cap Times: Will the Middleton and Madison public markets compete for customers?


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January 18, 2018. In just a few weeks, a proposed public market in Middleton could receive the approvals it needs to make the project a reality. If that happens, how will it stack up against the coming Madison Public Market?

Both projects will offer residential and retail space in addition to a market, where vendors will set up in stalls to sell locally sourced food and other goods. Despite their similarities, the city of Madison and the developer of the Middleton project think the markets will be complementary, rather than competitive.

“Public markets can vary. We call them public markets and generalize them as an open space with a multitude of vendors,” said Mayra Medrano, president of Madison’s Public Market Foundation. “(They) can be different and should be different.”

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“Madison’s Public Market will be a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurs and consumers. The lively sounds of music and conversations will resonate throughout the market. I look forward to seeing all the treasures of food and retail for all of Madison to experience.” - Mayra Medrano, Latino Chamber of Commerce

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