BRADENTON -- By the winter Main Street in Downtown Bradenton will have a new food market, full of fresh produce, quick snacks, a deli and coffee bar.
Market on Main owners Marc Campbell and Thomas Stynes said they wanted to have a place where people in the area can come for a quick bite to eat or to get a few grocery items.
"The city said they really, really wanted this," said Campbell.
"There's nothing like it here," said Stynes, who also owns McCabes Irish Pub a few doors down from the Market to be built at 312 12th Street W. "It will be a little grocery store with a deli and Bottega."
He said the city of Bradenton is always a pleasure to work with and said that their planning staff have helped them tremendously.
The market, which is still in the early stages of construction and plans to open in December, also has to deal with the stalled federal government. Campbell said some permits have been tied up, but they are staying positive.
"It will all come together. It takes time when dealing with the government," said Stynes.
Brandon Sommers, owner of tattoo shop Classic Ink two doors away, said the market will add variety.
"It will be excellent addition to downtown," said Sommers. "A lot of the restaurants are sit-down dinning, it will be a good addition to grab a quick grab and go sandwich."
He's been in business for four years and said the new business will add foot traffic.
Dave Gustafson, director of the Downtown development authority, said businesses like this one will encourage owners in the area to build out their second levels for residential use.
"They can now be residential," said Gustafson. "As our downtown grows, the demands are there."
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.