Prague Host for International Market Event

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March 5, 2009

The Prague Wholesale Market was founded as the first wholesale market in the former Czechoslovakia and is the only market of its kind in the Czech Republic. It was established in 1991 by the reconstruction of premises that were up until then utilised only for agricultural large-scale production. Currently, it is operated as a private legal entity in the territory of the Capital of Prague, on an area of almost 11 ha. The total storage and sales area of the market represents over 45 thousand m2 from which over 12 thousand m2 is allocated to cold storage. The parking area represents over 30 thousand m2. The wholesale market is currently a distinguished and comparable wholesale entity on a level similar to that usually found in the EU and the world over. The market renders a wide range of services in the area of wholesaling perishables, fresh produce, tinned and frozen food, dried produce, fresh as well as artificial flowers, fish, seafood and various assortments for specialised retailers and caterers. Retail customers can purchase a wide range of the goods needed for their business in a single location. Wholesale Market Lipence (Velkotržnice-Lipence s.r.o.) has been a member of the World Union of Wholesale Markets for several years with Director General, Josef Podr, also a member of the WUWM Board of Directors. Podr notes that "Prague has always been the crossroad of trade routes within Europe and, as a result, we would like to follow and build on this tradition and create conditions for a bridge of cooperation between the West and the East." He also hopes to use this WUWM event to present the project of a new wholesale market in Prague, which is required to be built by 2013. "We want to gather fresh ideas and input into this project" he adds. For further information on the WUWM Prague Conference please see the link on the homepage of the WUWM website, or visit the conference website at the link below.