The construction of a new O’Russei Market is about 70 percent complete and should be ready for vendors by June, a municipal official said Monday.
“We will be finishing the construction in June and open then for the public,” said Sok Leakkhana, deputy municipal cabinet chief.
About 4,400 vendors will move into the new market, being built for some $11 million and funded primarily by vendors renting or buying space, he said. The market is located at the intersection of Streets 182 and 141 in central Phnom Penh and will have three stories for stalls and rooftop space for parking and a restaurant, he said.
Most of the vendors once had space on the site, but had set up a make-shift market around Olympic Stadium in the early 1990s, he said.
Once the new building is complete, the vendors will return, making way for renovations around the stadium.