November 18, 2019

Developer breaks ground on 60,000-square-foot food hall in South Florida

By Developer breaks ground on 60,000-square-foot food hall in South Florida

By  – Reporter, South Florida Business Journal

Once completed, Delray Beach Market will become one of the state's largest food hall with 60,000 square feet of space for vendors.

Menin Development broke ground on the four-story building at 33 S.E. 3rd Ave. in Delray Beach Nov. 14. Jordana Jarjura, VP of Menin Development, said her team has already secured vendors for half of the 35 spaces available to lease.

Delray Beach-based Menin Development is actively looking to fill those spots, particularly with international food concepts, Jarjura said.

“It’s really an opportunity for some of these mom-and-pops that don’t have the investment capital to build a brick-and-mortar themselves," she said. "That’s why we’re seeing some fo these chefs that have a great following locally [come aboard].”

The food hall will have a few anchor tenants that have locations in other markets. However, for the majority of vendors, this will be their first stationary location.

Jarjura said many of the tenants signed have built popularity through food trucks and catering companies, although she declined to disclose any names of already-signed tenants.

Some of the concepts she listed as secured include:

  • Shellfish bar
  • Juice bar
  • Sushi
  • Jewish deli
  • Italian deli
  • Wine and cheese
  • Cajun
  • Lebanese
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Korean barbecue
  • Crab cakes/lobster rolls
  • Guacamole

She added that it is Important to the success of Delray Beach Market to have diversity in its food options. That, combined with the size of the market, will help differentiate this food hall from others in South Florida.

“Some of the ones that have come up in Florida resemble more of a food court than a real marketplace," she said.

This location has been modeled more after food halls in markets like New York City and Chicago, she said.

The nearest food hall of significant size is the Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach.

Delray Beach Market is located within a 150,000-square-foot building that will include a mezzanine level with more food concepts and free space.

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