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One Of Oldest Farmers Markets To Get Air Conditioning, Heat

July 23, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Reading Terminal Market is about to get air conditioning after 94 years as one of the real hot spots in Philadelphia.

″I think it will help business a lot,″ said Harry Ochs IV, a butcher who has worked for 15 years in the stand his great grandfather founded in 1906. ″A lot of customers have said, ‘We’ll see you in the fall,’ or they’ll only come in once or twice over the summer for a big order because it’s too hot in here.″

The two-acre enclosed market was designed without a heating or cooling system other than windows, but freezing temperatures from an ice cream company in the market’s basement were enough to keep it cool, said Cindy Mullaney, public relations director for the market.

The advent of mechanical refrigeration changed that.

″It’s often hotter in the market than outside because of the compressors kicking off heat,″ said David O’Neill, the market’s general manager. ″It’s a vicious cycle because the hotter it gets, the hotter the compressors run to keep things cold.″

The air-conditioning system, which will also provide heat in the winter, is expected to be working by mid-August.

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