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Bensidoun Market to Open in Chelsea

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Bensidoun USA, a subsidiary of the company that operates a number of public food markets in Paris, will debut in New York on Friday, June 29 in Chelsea. In partnership with the Chelsea Improvement Company, the market will be located on 9th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, opening at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through November 24.


Bensidoun USA already operates 21 markets, 18 of which are in the Chicagoland area, with the other three in White Plains, New York; Stamford, Connecticut; and Niles, Michigan.


The company was founded by Isidore Bensidoun in 1947 in Algeria, which was then a French territory. Intended to cater to the French colonial population in Algerian cities, Bensidoun has since grown to be one of the largest open-air market operators in the world.


Bensidoun Chelsea will feature 10 booths selling local produce, cheeses, pasta, pizza, confections, and baked goods. While the food items available will come from a diverse array of countries and cultures, French specialties produced locally will be the centerpiece.


By Jake Flanagin