Joplin Empire Market

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The heart of this endeavor is community building.  It goes beyond downtown, giving Joplin a place to gather and grow.”

— Lori Haun • President, Joplin Downtown Alliance


The Empire Market will be an economic and community centerpiece that strengthens and engages the entire city.  A vibrant four-season market where  you can find the best of what this area has to offer; produce, meats, cheeses, wine, beer, crafters, artisans and any number of other vendors, set up in a collection of permanent and rotating stalls. In conjunction with that, we will become a basecamp for entrepreneurs and makers of all types.  This will be the place to find affordable workspaces, meaningful resources, and a diverse community of passionate individuals who are focused on creating long-lasting, impactful businesses for Joplin. This is truly a game changer for the next generation of entrepreneurs and creatives in Joplin.

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In December of 2016, the Empire District Electric Company donated to DJA over 33,000 square feet of buildings on 3.34 acres in the center of Joplin. The  primary structure, built in 1907, is located at 4th and Railroad. Downtown Joplin Alliance plans to re-purpose this historic building and its attached 11,000 sf garage as the new four-season Joplin Empire Market.

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This destination anchor will draw shoppers from outside the metropolitan area producing increased sales tax revenue while providing local opportunities for employment and small businesses. For every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy, and $99 stays in state

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  • Build local economy for East Town neighborhood as well as the greater Joplin area
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious, local foods
  • Support and encourage healthy community
  • Act as an incubator for small entrepreneurs
  • Improve public health nutrition options
  • Provide a vehicle to educate the community on nutrition and good health
  • Assist area farmers, producers, and artisans with sustainable business opportunities
  • Generate a sense of local pride while furthering the economic development of our community
  • Serve as a community gathering place
  • Destination anchor to attract regional visitors and tourists


  • Roof
  • Sprinkler system
  • Egress
  • Bathrooms
  • Solar Power
  • Market bay infill
  • Lot paving
  • Landscaping
  • LED Lighting
  • Operation costs
  • Staff
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Commissary kitchen
  • Incubator finishes
  • Windows
  • Moisture remediation
  • Market space finishes
  • Furnishings and fixtures
  • Sound System
  • HVAC systems
  • Plumbing and electrical


  • Farmers’ Market
  • Artisan Market
  • Restaurant/prepared food
  • Coffee shop
  • Commissary kitchen for food truck usage
  • Commercial kitchen for small food-based startups
  • Classrooms and conference rooms
  • Food hub for shelters and soup kitchens
  • Community gardens
  • Education and outreach for food and community betterment
  • Cultural center with live music and art
  • Festivals and events
  • Lineman tribute space


  • Conference Rooms (2)
  • Break Room
  • Lounge
  • Hallways (4)
  • Market Hall (4)
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