he new Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market is now due to open on 31 August 2015.
The new Market in Epping, Victoria, will be a fundamentally important piece of infrastructure, boosting the economic profile of the state’s fresh produce and flower growers. One of six central markets in Victoria, the Market will host over 4,000 grower, wholesaler and retail businesses employing 7,500 people.
More than 1,800 individual fruit and vegetable buyers representing independent greengrocers, supermarkets, restaurants and food processors will source their produce direct from the Market. While most centralised shopping precincts have declined over time, the Melbourne Market continues to grow and prosper. The new 70-hectare site creates four times as much on-site warehousing as the current West Melbourne site, making it the largest warehousing precinct at any central market in Australia.
The move to Epping will enable the Market to better serve local, interstate and international buyers of fresh produce. It is closer to international airports and major transport routes and to the regions where much of Victoria’s fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers are grown. Market traders are busy preparing for the move, which will take place in a transition from the end of trade at West Melbourne to the start of trade at Epping on the next working day.
Read about why the opening date has been postponed from 3 August to 31 August in the New market opening date media release.
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