About Lancaster Central Market
In 2006, a nonprofit organization, the Central Market Trust (CMT) was created based on recommendations from the Master Plan. The Lancaster City Council approved an ordinance that outlined the structure of CMT. A Management agreement between CMT and the City is in place designating CMT as the Market operator, while the city maintains ownership of the Market House. Major capital repairs and preservation projects are coordinated between the City and CMT. CMT has developed a sustainable business model offering fresh healthy foods to the community within the iconic and historic Market House. The Central Market remains a jewel of center city Lancaster, a popular tourist destination, and a thriving Farmer’s Market.
Central Market Trust
A thriving, welcoming Market that nourishes the community.
To create an environment that supports local businesses and celebrates the best of Lancaster’s fresh food culture.
We Value Our:
- Community Relationships
- Quality Products
- Iconic Landmark
Until the early 2000’s, the City of Lancaster (the City) owned and operated the Central Market. In 2004, a study was commissioned by the City of Lancaster, the County of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry to evaluate the operations and potential of the Market. The goals of the study were:
Ensure that the Central Market has the vision, overall decision-making structure, day-to-day management focus and resources it needs to be an economically successful and financially stable market over the long term.
Maintain, preserve, and interpret the historic Central Market House as a unique asset of our community.
Maintain Central Market’s civic role within an ever-changing context.
The Master Plan provided information in detail about ten actions that were required for the three goals to be fulfilled. While all ten actions were necessary, the first action was the foundation for the rest. The first action was to continue City ownership of the building allied with a new, proactive management structure for business operations.