Eastern Market: The Country's Largest Market District
Article by Ennis Davis, AICP
Eastern Market and Gratiot Central Market
Presently covering 43 acres, Eastern Market is largest historic public market in the United States. On Saturdays, over 45,000 people flock to its sheds. Since 2006, the market has been operated by the Eastern Market Corporation. Gratiot Central Market is located on the other side of a freeway ramp. Originally built in 1915, Gratiot Central Market is an indoor public market filled with vendors specializing in meat, dairy and seafood. Combined, these markets anchor the core of the Eastern Market District.