(Wenatchee, WA) The Pybus Public Market has landed its first tenant — Mike’s Meat & Farmers Market. The Pybus location will be known as Mike’s Meats and Seafood.
The Wenatchee store, 1202 N. Wenatchee Ave., has agreed to open a second location at the public market once the $4 million waterfront structure at the foot of Orondo Avenue is completed in spring 2013.
“We will offer fresh natural meats, seafood and a full assortment of in-house smoked sausages, and other smoked meats such as jerky and pepperoni,” said Mike McKee, owner of Mike’s Meat & Farmers Market, 1202 N. Wenatchee Ave. “It will allow us to offer a full line of seafood and smoked products that we don’t have room to do at our current location”. Our long term vision has been to have a second location. It fills a need in our area, particularly the seafood.”
Mike and JoAnn Walker of Wenatchee have created and funded a non-profit entity to build out and manage the market. Pybus Market LLC will be wholly owned by the NCW Community Foundation.
Mike Walker said Mike’s Meat & Seafood will fit in well with the mix of tenants envisioned for the 25,000-square-foot building. In addition to year-round fresh fruit and vegetables from the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market and others, Walker said he anticipates Pybus housing a mix local artisans, a bakery or two, local wine tasting spots, a couple restaurants, ice cream shop and a community commercial kitchen, just to name a few.
“He (Mike McKee) has the go-to place now for people who want quality meats. Add in the fresh seafood, and I don’t see how we can go wrong, ” said Walker, owner of Wenatchee’s Eagle Group.
The Public Market property, adjacent to Riverfront Park and the Columbia River, previously housed Morse Steel and Pybus Steel. The Port of Chelan County, which owns the land, is slated to hire contractors this summer to replace the roof and upgrade the building’s shell and utilities. The port is using a $1.4 million federal grant to pay for the work. The Walkers have pledged an additional $2 million to complete the renovation and operate the market.
Plans call for Pybus Public Market to have 30 stalls for inside vendors and a permanent location for the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. The goal is to have the market ready by late April 2013.
Walker said he hopes to announce more tenants soon.
“We have some strong interest,” he said.
McKee said he considered other sites in the valley for a second location but Pybus made the most sense.
“It is going to be a quality mix of tenants that work together,” added McKee, an East Wenatchee native who opened his store in July 2010. “Success is going to be based on that mix. I’m really excited about it being a public-private partnership. I personally have a lot of faith in Mike Walker.”