The long-awaited Glendora Public Market will soft open this Saturday, September 26. Housed in the 19,000-square-foot former Wonder Bread bakery, the market is set to become the largest food hall in all of San Gabriel Valley.
Several familiar L.A. favorites will call the food hall home, including Smog City Brewing, Boba Break Tea House, Penny Coffee Roaster, Bushi by Jinya Ramen Bar, Belly Bombz, The Taco Man, Portside Fish Co., Bolo, Cassidy’s Corner Cafe, Dog Haus, and Crepes & Shakes. And as for the setting, the build-out maintains parts of the historic building while weaving in a modern floor plan.
The wide-open interior features wall-to-wall exposed brick and 20-foot barrel vault ceilings. There’s also a dedicated full-time space for rotating pop-ups. Outside, guests can gather in the central courtyard and patio space for al fresco dining.
Jason Hsiao, Managing Director with Shaw Investments, the developer of the project, said via a statement that the goal for the market had always been two-fold: “to provide a dynamic gathering anchor for the community and empower small businesses to launch or scale.”
“Markets have always been a personal fascination: the allure of discovery, letting your senses wander down the rabbit hole. When we saw the opportunity to restore and revive this landmark, we knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring a unique and vibrant experience to the community,” he said.
This weekend will include yoga on the patio on Saturday, DJs on Saturday and Sunday, and promotions from vendors like a BOGO special from Boba Break Tea House and free swag with purchase from Smog City Brewing.
For the time being, the market will operate with caution following the guidelines set by the state for restaurants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Communal spaces at the market will have limited capacity, and vendors will also offer curbside pickup and/or delivery to accommodate customer preferences. Until the space is fully operational, the market will host virtual community events, such as cooking classes and demos, via the market’s Instagram page.
Glendora Public Market is located at 905 E. Arrow Hwy, Glendora. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.