The Saint-Etienne wholesale market reconstruction project has been entrusted to the local real estate group Atrium. The new infrastructure will consist of six halls: two refrigerated sites of 4,300 m each, four dry areas, and a place for local producers as at the MIN market in Toulouse.
“This project will host around thirty producers who will sell 60 to 70,000 tonnes of products per year and generate more than 200 jobs”, on a total surface area of 16,000 m², including 10,000 m² newly created.
“There is no centralized place of the size of the future Saint-Etienne wholesale market in the region. There is a wholesale market in Corbas dedicated exclusively to fruit and vegetables and shops like Metro, which are the only offers available to professionals. The centralization of skills in such facilities will be a first in Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne ”, explains Sébastien Barthelemy, director of the Atrium group. The aim is to make the wholesale market a benchmark in the region.
Regarding the current fruit and vegetable facilities, Sébastien Barthelemy affirms that it is “entirely leased by local and regional wholesalers as well as Loire producers. We have therefore maintained the local tenants while integrating new local and regional tenants thanks to the implementation of this structuring and professional project.
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The project will be carried out in three phases: construction of the fruit and vegetable hall and a restaurant, demolition of the current premises and construction of the other 5 halls.
The cost of the project amounts to 17 million euros [20 million USD], without taxes. Semmaris, the company managing the MIN market in Rungis, has been entrusted with the operation of the Saint-Etienne wholesale market. The new premises are expected to be operational by the end of 2023.