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Market Shift

The train shed in Shockoe Bottom begins its transformation.

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Workers recently finished gutting the train shed behind Main Street Station — the first step toward plans to turn the building into an indoor market à la Union Market in Washington and Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

The city is conducting a market study and talking with potential vendors. Jeannie Welliver, the project development manager, says the city wants a mix of tenants that reflects Richmond. Construction is scheduled to end next year.

Built in 1901, the train shed most recently served as a shopping mall and then office space.

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