It looks like The Market has scratched its plans to open on Polk Street. But, despite what most might think, it’s not because the combination food hall and grocery store isn’t doing well. On the contrary, it’s doing so well that 12,000 square feet is no longer large enough for the concept, The Market’s culinary director Mario Tolentino told Eater SF.
“Twelve thousand square feet sounds like a lot, but you can’t have what we're currently doing in such a small space,” he explained. “Our business evolved from when we originally signed the space. In order for us to properly serve our small vendors, and have room for grocery and seating, that space doesn’t work for our model now.” The team is instead looking for 20,000- to 35,000-square-foot spaces, and has identified a few possibilities.
As for the original Market Street location, in the next 60 days, there will be four new vendor openings — Doughnut Dolly, a third Organic Coup, Manila Bowls, and Mara hand-roll sushi — and another grocery aisle will be added, in addition to more seating in the building’s lobby.
Stay tuned for more updates.