Your business plan is the central focus of this application process and should include the following information broken down in corresponding sections. To the degree that you wish to include additional information, please break it out separately at the end of the plan.
Succinctly introduce your concept; its originality and strengths for this market and within your category of product.
We view all of our vendors as our partners in making the market a welcoming and inclusive showcase for local food. Please describe potential areas of collaboration with the BPMA, other vendors, community organizations or the greater Market District. This may include: product demonstrations, marketing, messaging, community outreach, etc. This should include how you intend to promote a greater knowledge of locally produced food within your stall or through product demonstration.
All responses should include an operations plan that describes the following:
Income projection for first year of operation at BPM, illustrating sales projections and operating expenses.
Describe current or past retail and wholesale outlets or any current sales models (grocery, CSAs, restaurants, farmers markets, etc.).
Please provide at least two letters of support from your business associates.
Leases and rents will differ by vendor based on their location in the market, the size of the stall, length of lease term, initial build-out of the stall, and the type of product. Rents will be a combination of a base per square foot rent and a percentage of sales that is capped on an annual basis.
Minimum market base rent will average $75 per square foot plus a small percentage of sales to be determined. At $75 per square foot (some rents may be more), a 100 square foot stall operator should expect to pay $625 a month in base rent, plus a percentage of sales, and utilities (booth and shared).
As part of the first step in the application process, vendors are required to submit a statement of "Financial Interest." We ask you to reflect a financial offer (or rent structure) that you feel is both profitable for you and fair for the rest of the market. Your rents will go to cover the costs of running the marketplace, including labor, maintenance, marketing and promotions, utilities, and marketplace programming.
Respondents are asked to propose an annual leasing rate for their base rent and a lease term:
1. Square footage required and preferred location in the market (see attached)
2. Proposed base rent and percentage of sales.
3. Suggested leasing term.
4. Sketch of stall and description - including items needed for booth build-out: dry/cool storage, shelving, cabinetry, number of sinks, refrigerated cases, icemakers, ovens, etc.
This offer is only one of many criteria and the BPMA reserves the right to select vendors who are not the highest bidders.
While it is not mandatory, vendors are encouraged to send photos and/or videos of 5 minutes or less that tells us who you are, why you want to be a vendor at the Boston Public Market, how you will contribute to its success and what it will mean for your business. Images of farms and production facilities are similarly welcomed.
Proposals require a submittal fee of $50.
This is a non-refundable fee payable to "The Boston Public Market Association" by check or money order with "Vendor Application" indicated in the notes, which should be mailed to: The Boston Public Market Association, PO Box 130457, Boston, MA 02113.
All questions about the application process should be sent to: