&#145Mercado’ comes to Foster Road. Find out who’s behind this Hispanic-styled Marketplace

Find out who’s behind this Hispanic-styled new outer East Portland marketplace, and why they expect it to succeed. It looks like a used car lot now, but by New Year’s, this should be the site of the bustling new Portland Mercado. Hopes were high, on the afternoon of May 15, when about 70 people gathered in the parking lot of the former”Metro Auto Wholesale” lot on SE Foster Road at 72nd Avenue, situated along the border of Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell neighborhoods. As city and county officials joined the project supporters gathered for the groundbreaking of the Portland Mercado, Hacienda Community Development Corporation Executive Director Victor Merced spoke with East Portland News. Story and photos by David F. Ashton.


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