Mercado Juárez work to take two months

The square in front of the iconic Mercado Juárez has been demolished as part of a project to refurbish it. (Photo courtesy of the city of Juárez)

The square in front of the iconic Mercado Juárez has been demolished as part of a project to refurbish it.
(Photo courtesy of the city of Juárez)

Building remodeling inside and out to follow

Rio Grande Digital

Construction of a refurbished Mercado Juárez, often called the City Market, is progressing, and city officials hope to have the work completed in about two months, says a news release from the city of Juárez.

Currently under way is renovation of the restaurant area in front of the iconic building. The street in front of the market has been closed, and crews have ripped up the existing pavement and concrete outside the area covered by the building’s roof.

Valued at $2 million pesos, the work is aimed at recovering public spaces in the embattled border city where more than four years of daily brutal violence gutted the tourist trade and shuttered many businesses.

Later phases of remodeling will refurbish the inside of the market and the building’s facade, according to the news release..

The city hopes not only to lure tourists back to the market, but also to make it a center for art and culture, showcasing local talent as well as artists and performers from across Mexico.

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