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Marketplace will have food vendors including a coffee shop, an Asian restaurant and a snack bar

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - The Metropolis Marketplace in the historic Association Building will house food and drink vendors.The indoor marketplace that will be housed in the historic Association Building in downtown Woodburn will be opening in either late July or early August, according to the building's owners.

The Metropolis Marketplace and Event Center's 5,000-square-foot first floor is still undergoing construction, but owners Hythum Ismail and Robby Truong have three tenants who have signed leases in the building. Ismail said in April that the marketplace would likely open in June, but since then the owners have changed some design elements, which has caused a delay.

It's been planned for a while that the building would house food vendors, but Truong and Ismail have decided to create more permanent stalls for those restaurants. There will be a coffee shop called Coco's Coffeehouse, an Asian food restaurant called Hungry Lion, and a FruitBox snack bar, a location of a Salem-based restaurant that serves fruit salads, juices, shave ice, tortas, quesadillas and more.

Ismail said they're still adding more vendors, and are especially interested in pizza and/or burger restaurants to join the building.

While restaurants will make up most of the more permanent vendors, Ismail and Truong are still planning on having craft vendors in the space. Those vendors probably won't be long-term lessees like the restaurants, instead selling on a rotating basis, similar to a weekly farmer's market or craft fair.

When the building and its vendors are ready for customers, Ismail said there will be a grand opening —perhaps with opportunities for vendors to rent space in the building for free the first week.

To check on the progress of the construction and to learn more about the marketplace, go to www.metropolisoregon.com.

Julia Comnes can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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