Building With Wholey's Fish Sign To Come Down But Market Still Going Strong

The legendary fish market celebrates 107 years this weekend

Andrew Limberg
September 19, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Wholey's Fish Market

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The giant, lighted Wholey fish in the Strip District may not be smiling for much longer but Wholey’s market isn’t going anywhere.

 The owner of the building is planning to demolish the former cold storage warehouse on Penn Avenue to make way for a 21-story office tower.

Wholey’s tells KDKA Radio that the building has been empty for nearly 12 years and does not affect their business at all.

In fact, the legendary Pittsburgh fish market is celebrating 112 years this weekend.

Wholey's Fish Market

 JMC Holdings tells the Post-Gazette the windowless, seven-story structure consists of two layers of thick concrete, making it difficult to redevelop.

 Developers say the plan is to preserve the fish that has been smiling on the Strip for 30 years.

Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this report.

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