Become a Merchant

Thank you for your interest in becoming one of the valued merchants at Essex Street Market. Learn more about our application process below and choose to submit a completed Merchant Application.

We value the diversity of our merchants and recognize how essential they are in keeping Essex Street Market vibrant and successful. In order to maintain a desirable variety for our customers, the evaluation of applications takes into account the current product selection available in the Market and upcoming vacancies. Only applications for food and farm related products will be considered, as further described in the section entitled “Merchant Mix” in the Merchant Application.

On average, the application process will take approximately eight weeks.

The Market's consent is required for the assignment of any permit, which consent will be dependent upon, among others, the Market criteria set forth in the Merchant Application.


  1. Read the materials enclosed in the Merchant Application and carefully complete the Market Stall Space Inquiry and Financial Information forms found at the end of this application. In addition, please submit a business plan including a description of the product(s), offering(s) and/or service(s) to be offered for sale and cost range of items to be offered for sale, any physical improvements that you propose making to the market stall, as well as any other information you would like us to consider in our review. Only complete applications will be considered. Please send applications via US Mail or by overnight courier to the address below.

  2. The review process includes an analysis of the type of product(s)/service(s) offered, the strength of the business plan, the feasibility of the proposal, the impact on the market and the existing product mix, amount of space required, and professional references.

  3. Applicants who best fit with the Essex Street Market's current needs and vacancies will be contacted to continue with the next stage of the application process

  4. Applicants may be asked for additional documentation or clarification to their business plans before a final decision is made.

  5. Applicants are subject to a background check, including an Internal Background Investigation Questionnaire.

  6. An applicant that is selected for an available market stall will be offered a Market Stall Permit from the New York City Department of Small Business Services ("DSBS").

  7. Each application will be evaluated based upon the fit with the Essex Street Market's existing product selection, the applicant's space requirements, and other considerations and criteria described in the Merchant Application.

Please submit the application and accompanying information to:

New York City Economic Development Corporation - Attn: Asset Management
110 William Street, New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212.312.3603 Fax: 212.312.3919

*Essex Street Market is managed by New York City Economic Development Corporation.