One of the newest additions to the Downtown Fort Pierce area will be opening June 24th, bringing a bounty of “local, organic, and healthy” goodness to residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

The Fort Pierce Traders Market will feature locally sourced food, produce, household and even pet products. Co-owner Daniel Cedeno explains that the market will be working with at least a dozen vendors, local to Florida as well as to the Treasure Coast, to stock their shelves with everything from kimchee and honey to elderberry products and beard oil.

The market will also feature a deli and eat-in café offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lots of healthy menu options. ‘Grab and go’ foods will be a main feature of the market, which is conveniently located in the 111 Orange Avenue building.

The vision for a food market in this location began more than a year ago, though the original team involved with the project was unable to bring it to fruition.

Mr. Cedeno, along with co-owners Jean Pierre (JP) Burke, Sylvia Soto, and Jorge Cedeno, have been working tirelessly for the past year to develop their own unique vision for the market, and not a single detail has been neglected.

The interior is spacious yet warm and inviting, and the variety of lighting fixtures adds to the visually pleasing character of the space.

Aspects of the building’s original history are prominently featured, especially the massive vault at the back of the market that dates from 1940 when a bank occupied the space.

Original works of art belonging to the gallery that shares the building line an upper wall, momentarily drawing the shopper’s attention away from the beautifully displayed delicacies on the shelves. It is truly a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

This is not the first downtown business venture for Daniel Cedeno and his father Jorge. Their Delicious Deli, located in the Galleria building, closed last year but they have recently opened the Main Street Ice Cream Shop just one door over. Their smoke shop, Glass Culture, opened in October 2020 and is also located in the Galleria building. Daniel has lived on the Treasure Coast for 26 years.

Co-owner Sylvia Soto has lived on the Treasure Coast for over 30 years, where she has been involved with the community as a banker and mortgage loan officer, but also as a community leader. She has been involved with relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, helping to send food, supplies and relief aid to people on the island.

Co-owner Jean Pierre Burke, local real estate agent, points out that bringing the Fort Pierce Traders Market to life has been a labor of love and, he adds jokingly, a labor of stress. The bulk of the ‘heavy lifting’ has been accomplished in just about three months, and the tremendous effort has really paid off.

Mr. Burke and Mr. D. Cedeno emphasize that the store will be more than just a neighborhood market. They are committed to making it part of the community, to be an active participant and supporter of community life and events.

Ms. Soto also adds that they are still interviewing for cashier and stocker positions at the market. Anyone interested in applying should reach out to Ms. Soto directly at - SlyviaS.fptm@gmail.com.

The Fort Pierce Traders Market will be open 7 days a week, with exact hours to be announced soon.

To find out more about the Fort Pierce Traders Market, visit their website at -  https://www.fortpiercetradersmarket.com/ or like and follow them on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/FortPierceTradersMarket.

Be sure to come out on Thursday, June 24th to say hello and welcome Fort Pierce Traders Market to the neighborhood!

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