For most of Portsmouth's history, Market Street was the center of commerce for families and businesses. From outdoor markets in the 19th century to modern supermarkets and department stores, people came from all around the county to Market Street to shop. Thanks to local entrepreneurs, city officials, preservationists, and concerned local citizens, Market Street remains an important part of the city’s economy.
Backstory and Context
A fire in 1978 damaged many buildings on Market Street at a time of transition when many chain stores were being constructed outside of the downtown area to take advantage of highway traffic that bypasses the city core. A handful of local companies such as ToyTown and Market Street Hardware have survived these trends by combining their businesses into one building. Newer businesses such as Market Street Cafe opened in 2006 and soon became one of the most popular restaurants on Market Street.
Conley, Ciara. "Market Street milestones." Portsmouth Daily Times(Portsmouth)August 21, 2016.