2010 brought the highest number of visitors to Reading Terminal Market in its 119-year history, the market announced today. RTM counted more than six million visits last year, and an 8 percent increase in sales.
That’s the seventh consecutive year of increased visits, proving even a recession can’t stop foodies. An average Saturday brings in about 21,000 visitors, with most heading straight for the food court. That area showed a 9.9 percent increase in sales over the year. The smallest increase was in the Market Basket/Grocery section (up 5.6 percent), which includes bakeries, cheeses, dairy and packaged foods.
Reading Terminal Market began measuring traffic in 2002.
Other stats we’d like to see:
Which food item sells the best
What percentage of people visit without making a purchase
How many people stop in just to use the bathroom
The percentage of local visitors vs. tourists
The number of visitors who tell their friends, “Meet me at the golden pig.”