While the chaotic nature of the market’s shopping experience is part of its charm, the Business Association exists to provide an overarching umbrella of organization and support to its merchants and to facilitate a memorable experience for each and every visitor. The association began in 1915 to promote the commercial development of S. 9th Street between Catherine and Federal Streets and its neighboring merchants on 8th and 10th Streets.

Today, the association’s vision is to preserve the South 9th Street Italian Market as our nation’s oldest, continuous open-air marketplace while establishing it as the best in the country through excellence in customer service, quality products and overall shopping experience.

Our Business Partners

Our Misson

The United Merchants of the S. 9th St Business Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the unification of all businesses within its boundaries working to preserve our marketplace and secure our future for the enjoyment of future generations.

We are committed to maintain and grow our marketplace through the development of new & progressive ideas with open & honest communication.  By working with all businesses, neighbors, customers and friends throughout Philadelphia for the common good and betterment of the market and our community.
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