Slight DNC Uptick at Reading Terminal, but Vendors Say Exposure Worth It

The Democratic National Convention was expected to bring 50,000 attendees to Philadelphia. The Reading Terminal Market didn't see a huge uptick in foot traffic last week, but the national spotlight put on the market made it "worthwhile."

Reading Terminal, depending on the day and season, can see anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 visitors in a week, and the DNC gave the market a little boost.

"We were slightly busier than normal as measured by door count," said General Manager Anuj Gupta.

The visitation does not include after-hour private events, including a Tuesday event attended by about 2,000 people, including former president and potential first gentleman Bill Clinton, and an event Sunday night by the Democratic Governors Association.

Some merchants, however, likened the political event to Pope Francis' visit last September, where many restaurants saw business decline.

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