Skip to main content

WATCH LIVE: Trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd — closing arguments (Posted 04/19/21 at 7:21 a.m.)

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Outdoor International Food Market Coming To City Heights

Photo caption:

Photo by Katie Schoolov

A view of University Avenue looking east from Fairmount Avenue in City Heights.

A group of community organizations is turning a lot at El Cajon Boulevard and 44th Street into a future hub for local food vendors.

At the corner of El Cajon Boulevard and 44th Street, economic development tastes like Salvadorean pupusas, Jamaican jerk chicken and Baja hot dogs. Or it will soon.

The now-empty space is the future site of a weekly international food market that is expected to include many first-time food vendors.

A group of community organizations, known as the City Heights Economic Development Collaboration, is transforming the barren corner into an economic opportunity for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs. Maritza Maksimow, economic development manager for the nonprofit City Heights Community Development Corp., said the collaboration is helping businesswomen and men launch their operations at the market.

"So we have already established vendors and then folks that are just starting out," Maksimow said.

The Wednesday market will feature at least 10 vendors representing the diverse cultures in the community, including Jamaican, Mexican, Salvadorean, Cambodian and Japanese cuisines, she added.

The public can have a hand in the transformation during a place-making event on Saturday.

The night market, which will also include craft vendors, is a pilot-program running from October through December. Maksimow said the collaboration will then evaluate the market's future based in part on consumer and vendor surveys.

The City Heights Economic Development Collaboration includes the City Heights CDC, El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, the City Heights Business Association, the Karen Organization of San Diego, the International Rescue Committee, Media Arts Center of San Diego and Horn of Africa.

FEATURED PODCAST

San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.