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Broad Street Market board hires COO

Ashlee Dugan has been named chief operations officer of Broad Street Market in Harrisburg.
Ashlee Dugan has been named chief operations officer of Broad Street Market in Harrisburg. - (Photo / )

The Broad Street Market Corp.'s board of directors has hired a chief operations officer for the historic Harrisburg market.

Ashlee Dugan, the great-granddaughter of former market butcher Gilbert Miller, will start as the full-time acting manager on June 18, said board President Jonathan Bowser, also CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp.

“Ashlee has the Broad Street Market in her blood and her background in community organizing, marketing, event planning and management of a statewide organization equip her to be a great leader for our beloved market house,” Bowser said in a statement.

Dugan has been working for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center since 2012. She is the marketing and membership coordinator.

The market has been in a state of transition with a mayoral task force in place to make recommendations on how to improve it.

“Everyone wants to see the Broad Street Market succeed,” Dugan said in a statement. “The market’s assets out number its challenges and I am confident that positive change is on the horizon. I believe that a focus on local food, vendor development, facilities improvements and community involvement are the elements that will usher us into a successful next stage of the market.”

The Broad Street Market was founded in 1860, and is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States.

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VillageElder June 9, 2014 8:52 pm

We wish Ms. Dugan success.
The Broad Street Market is one of the few things left that is worth driving into Harrisburg for.
Regardless of the propensity of parking enforcement officers to ticket your car while shopping there.

Linda June 9, 2014 5:17 pm

In my opinion the success if a market depends on a few key items. Time and parking. The last time I visited the BSM, I could not find a convenient parking space. The time before that, I found out I was on a day it was closed.

I realize that the Harrisburg area is not Philly or NYC, but the Reading Terminal Market is open 6 days a week and some of the shops are open on Sunday. No need to remember which days of the week you can go. Parking is bad, but the public transportation is more frequent in Philly than in Harrisburg. Later hours to draw people in for dinner and shopping would allow for extended opportunities for sales.

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