The redeveloped Lexington Market. Photo taken by Latrice Hill.

A handful of merchants are now open in the newly redeveloped Lexington Market, though the market’s full opening has been held up by supply chain issues and permitting delays.

Lexington Market kicked off its soft opening last week, featuring a mix of new merchants and old favorites with limited hours.

Five merchants were open at the market this week, and more are expected to join them in the coming weeks.

The market “planned to be fully opened by now,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Cherrie Woods, “however, due to shipping supply challenges, equipment, and permits, that was all delayed. Right now, the focus is getting as many merchants open as soon as possible.”

Lexington Market is one of six markets in the Baltimore Public Markets system and has been a staple in Baltimore City for more than 200 years.

Now, after a $40 million renovation and reconstruction, the historic public market will continue to house longtime tenants while also welcoming new vendors.

The maximum number of merchants the market can have is 45. So far, market officials have confirmed 38 merchants, including those that are already open for business and those forthcoming in the near future. 

Brookdale Farms Poultry, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Kofman’s Shoe Repair are just a few of the businesses that have been housed at the historic market for years, while newcomers Tio G’s Empanadas and Deddle’s Donuts will be fresh to the market scene.

“Weekly we’re going to add merchants on a rolling basis, as they are ready. So this time next week we might have three more,” Woods said. 

Market officials plan to have as many merchants as possible open before the grand opening. 

Woods said we will make an announcement about the grand opening event date, later this month or next month.

In addition to permanent businesses, there are currently six kiosks that house temporary vendors, including home and body care products from Harp Vision, bridal salon Elite Secrets Bridal, and more. 

JBees Jamaican restaurant, which has been serving up homemade Jamaican cuisine from a food truck for seven years, opened for business in Lexington Market for the very first time Friday on the market’s upper level.

Though Lexington Market’s grand opening has been delayed, JBees owner Jeff Brown said the public market and its vendors are all in this together.

“We are working together collectively to get everybody up and running as soon as possible,” he said.

“I’m happy to say I’m open,” Brown added. “We were the best kept secret around but now we’re actually here. People are coming in, they’re loving the place, and we’re about to change some lives.”

Local business owners that want to get their products in front of consumers are encouraged to apply online. The Lexington Market offers temporary kiosks space to vendors of all types, for as short-term as one day. 

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Latrice Hill

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...

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  1. I love Lexington Market, I live in the County I go there to get my fresh meats, vegetable, seafood and pastry. I want to know if the market is handicapped assible with an elevator for people who walk with walkers or have wheel chairs.

    1. Yes, the market is handicap accessible. There is an elevator between the two levels and the plaza has an integrated handicap ramp.

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