Exclusive: Reading Terminal Market’s new GM on leading the venue through Covid-19, future goals
Philadelphia Business Journal 

Philadelphia’s historic Reading Terminal Market has been no stranger to change recently.

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted the iconic venue to largely shift its business online, fueling explosive growth on its digital Mercato platform.

On May 6, the market will welcome its new general manager Conor Murphy. Anuj Gupta, who has served in the role since 2015, is headed to work as U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans’ chief of staff.

The Philadelphia Business Journal spoke with Murphy to learn more about his vision for guiding Reading Terminal out of the Covid-19 public health crisis and into the years to come.

On his upbringing and personal background

I grew up in Ireland, where my family has a grocery business. Through high school, it was pretty much working every day in the family business, so grocery is in my genes. After college I went to work for Ernst & Young in Dublin in the risk division. I got a project role with their Entrepreneur of the Year group and worked in Haiti on a corporate social responsibility project, bringing Irish entrepreneurs in to develop social enterprises. I went for six weeks and that became six months and that became six years. The first three years, I worked directly with Irish business people developing those various social enterprises. The second half of my time I had my own business working with private and nonprofit companies to develop programs. One of those was a coffee project, and through that I moved to Philadelphia in 2014.

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