By Fran Maye

Hundreds of people attended the grand opening of the Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square Friday as borough and county officials praised the owners for investing in the town.

Larry Bosley, former superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District, and his son, Geoff, a current member of borough council, own the building that is home to many businesses.

'On behalf of all the borough residents and merchants, (the Bosleys) are investing in our town to make it better for everyone,' said Matt Fetick, Kennett Square.

County Commissioner Ryan Costello was also in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

'As a long-time resident of Kennett Square and a business owner, I'm proud to be a part of this ribbon-cutting ceremony,' said Matt Grieco.

Despite heavy rain, crowds packed the building located at 148 West Market Street through the night. The businesses inside the building include George & Son Seafood, Paradocx Vineyards, State Street Pizza, Nourish Coffee Shop and Juice Bar, Yo'r So Sweet Crepes and Rick's Steaks, owned by the grandson of Pat's Steaks in Philadelphia.

Keystone Brewing Co. was on hand to offer samples of its new craft beer. Demand was brisk and they quickly ran out of brew. Music was provided by Sin City Lite.

The 10,000 square foot space is home to a mix of merchants selling freshly prepared foods, produce, and other retail goods. It is also designed to serve as a gathering place for members of the Kennett Square business community.

The Market at Liberty Place is designed to hold between 11 and 15 unique vendors. The rental spaces are arranged around the outside wall, and will also have one large space in the center of the room that are divided for multiple merchants. Public restrooms, a climate-controlled outdoor patio, and free parking are available for all customers. Wi-Fi is provided for use by patrons and merchants.

Larry Bosley said he has been working for more than three years to bring the unique business to town. He said his venture will expand the borough's Main Street district a bit to the west.

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