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Reno Public Market Begins First Phase of Demolition

October 8, 2019

Reno Public Market, the former Shoppers Square, begins the first phase of demolition for the construction of the new Midtown shopping, dining and gathering space slated to open in 2020.

Plans for Reno Public Market include large family-friendly gathering areas creating a sense of inclusion within the projet’s walls. Welcoming all community members, Reno Public Market strives to become the ultimate destination for everyday necessities for the Midtown District and the broader Reno metropolitan area.

“We are proud to introduce a project that will allow our community to gather and find a sense of place,” said Rick Casazza of Reno Public Market. “The property has been in my family for over 100 years and we look forward to watching the project transform into something wonderful.”

The original 150,000 square-foot structure will be redeveloped to make way for contemporary spaces, which includes a public market food hall, daily-needs retail spaces, a specialty organic grocer and a relocated CVS Drug Store.

The demolition will be completed in three phases. The first and second phases of the project are currently underway. The first phase entails asbestos abatement in the main building, while the second phase will focus on the demolition of select interiors in buildings. The third phase of the project will encompass the demolition of the exterior of the buildings starting October through November 2019. During this phase, the Central Mall demolition will take place to make room for the public market food hall.

Doug Wiele, of multi-award-winning Foothill Partners, is the lead developer responsible for bringing this project to life. With experience in revitalizing outdated shopping centers, he plans for the design to be focused on creating a gathering space at one of the busiest intersections in Reno.

“We plan to introduce a high-energy project that will match the eccentric culture of Midtown and Reno,” said Wiele. “Reno Public Market will be the community’s gathering place that embraces all members of the community.”