Established in 1836, Hollins Market has long been the economic and gastronomic center of the seven neighborhoods of Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Roundhouse, Mount Clare, Pigtown, Poppleton, and Union Square in Baltimore’s south west quadrant. Like many older buildings, Hollins Market is due a significant rehabilitation, as years of operation have taken their toll on this classic American market, making it less attractive for consumers and vendors to shop and operate small business respectively. An improved Hollins Market will set up vendors for success with consumers who increasingly demanding fresh, local foods.
Hollins Market currently serves some of the most in need neighborhoods in Baltimore and in its absence would expand an ever growing food desert. Six of the seven neighborhoods served by Hollins Market fall within Healthy Food Priority Areas, as designated by the Baltimore Department of Planning and Johns Hopkins University, for having well below average access to healthy food. Options for healthy food that exist fall well below the average for the rest of the city. Hollins Market has always provided a healthy food supply to the neighborhoods, and improvements can drastically improve the food environment in Southwest Baltimore.
Unlike other markets, we have undertaken recently, Hollins Market has long served the community with fresh meat and produce and our plans call for an expansion of those offerings and extended hours to allow the small businesses inside the market to thrive and allow neighbors to have more time shop at the market after work and on weekends. We will work with our existing vendors to help improve their spaces, provide adequate storage to allow them to safely serve their customers and create a welcoming environment for the community. Renovations will also create opportunities for new vendors to enter the market and create new jobs for the neighborhood.
One of the elements that makes Hollins Market so unique is that it is the last remaining of Baltimore’s six public markets with a head house. Over the 226 year history of Baltimore’s system of public markets, decisions were made to demolish head houses at four other markets, which served as important community gathering places. The head house at Hollins has survived and is a key architectural feature of the neighborhood and restoration of this landmark is nonnegotiable in the eyes of the Baltimore Public Market’s Corporations Board of Directors. Significant environmental and physical challenges are presented in the structure, which parts of have not been occupied in nearly 30 years, but we intend to renovate the space and return it to its former purpose of being an important congregation site for the neighborhoods that surround the market.
VENDORS AT THE MARKET
- Eddie’s Lunch 410-539-0734
- Mike’s Lunch 443-889-0688
- The Dancing Potato 443-850-4170
- L & R Produce 410-625-1518
- Franklin’s Market 667-205-1597
Meat & Seafood
- Hollins Poultry 410-837-1884
- Lauman’s Meats 410-539-1514
- ATM M&T Bank 410-598-6045
- Mulberry’s Bar 667-205-1597
26 S. Arlington Ave
Baltimore, MD 21223