After a year and a half of construction, the completely renewed market at Tallinn's Baltic Station, Balti jaama turg, is reopening on Friday. Despite two supermarkets right nearby, the new 1,000 square meter meat hall and the 500 square meter fish hall are expected to attract plenty of visitors.
Between the market’s main buildings, a covered area for greengrocers’ stalls has been built. On the market’s first floor (the second floor if you follow the Estonian definition) there is space for clothes, handicrafts, and used items stalls.
The market’s total indoor floor space will eventually amount to some 20,000 square meters, and have 4,000 square meters of commercial space outside as well. More than 300 individual sellers will be able to run their business there, of which 170 will have permanent tenants.
The market’s director, Andres Rjabov, told ERR in April that they had already found tenants for most of the market’s space, though there would be 120 slots for which day and season tickets could be bought. This means that though the market on the whole will be a good deal more organized than its decaying predecessor, one-woman and one-man businesses are unlikely to disappear.
Editor: Dario Cavegn