One of Johannesburg’s best-known food and design markets, Market on Main, is expanding its presence to Pretoria, where it will trade as a monthly Saturday market. While a launch date has yet to be confirmed, owner Jacques van der Watt hopes to have the market up and running at their second location at 012 Central in Tshwane Central by the end of May 2015.
Like its Joburg counterpart, which will continue to trade at Arts on Main every Sunday, the market will celebrate the best in local food and design. While the Pretoria incarnation will feature traders from Johannesburg and surrounds, owner Jacques Van Der Watt hopes to use the market as a platform to showcase the capital city’s talent. “We want to give opportunities to as many Pretoria traders as possible. I think it will give the market a unique aspect,” says Jacques.
Initially, the market will trade once a month, but will likely appear on a more regular basis once it finds its feet. The market’s new location at 012 Central, a large historic shed-like venue located in downtown Pretoria, played a huge part in sealing the deal. “We were approached by City Block and we just fell in love with the space,” Jacques explains, adding that he thinks there is a gap that needs to be filled: “Market on Main is unique in that it’s a city market with a family element, and I think Pretoria could do with something like this.”