Hacienda announces opening date of Latino public market

The Portland Mercado on SE Foster Road will welcome 19 new businesses.

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Hacienda CDC announced the grand-opening date of the long awaitedPortland Mercado, the city’s first Latino public market.

The grand opening will be April 11. On that day, the marketplace will welcome 19 full-time businesses that make up the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area.

“The grand opening is a day that the City of Portland, the Latino Community and Hacienda CDC have been anticipating for many years. I’m proud of Hacienda, our funders and the community for believing in and supporting this project in a manner that will have a profound influence on the neighborhood and this city,” said Hacienda CDC Executive Director Victor Merced in the release.  “We are delighted to open our doors into a place that allows startups to flourish and for the community to access delicious and healthy foods, and culturally relevant goods and services. We hope that everyone will join us in welcoming and supporting the diversity of businesses at the Mercado for the grand opening and years to come.”

The Mercado is located at 7238 SE Foster Road in Portland and will be the site of several service-based businesses — according to the news release. Visitors will be able to eat in a restaurant, buy food and other goods, as well as shop for services such as insurance or language assistance.

“The event will celebrate and honor the five years of hard work put into making the dream of a Latino market led by Latino micro-enterprises a reality,” the release read.

For more information, visit Hacienda’s website.