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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indy already has one festival marketplace. In 2020, the city will find out whether it can support two.

The new Bottleworks District development on the site of the old Mass Ave Coca-Cola bottling complex will include a market, less than a mile from City Market. But City Market executive director Stevi Stoesz says they’ll be appealing to different audiences. She says City Market has more of a city-park vibe, with customers hanging out on the plaza, while Bottleworks will be more explicitly commercial. 
And Stoesz says most of City Market’s vendors are local, not food court-style chains, giving it a local feel that fits with its 130-year history. 

Stoesz says City Market is going ahead with some new programs targeting its own audience, from cooking classes to local delivery, as well as programming aimed specifically at seniors and people on food assistance. The market is also sprinkling in more evening activities.

The old Coca-Cola bottling plant is at the heart of the new Bottleworks District. (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)