Saint Petersburg, FL

A year and a half later, business is booming at the new St. Pete Pier

James Tuliano

Saint Petersburg residents have been enjoying their new pier for about a year and a half now. It is difficult to find a time where the pier isn't packed with people, and it isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

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A view of the St. Pete Pier from a distance.James Tuliano

The St. Pete Pier has many options for entertainment. You can choose to eat at one of their six restaurants, check out some of their pieces of art, or enjoy shopping at one of the many small business vendors that rent a tent from the pier.

If you're a small business looking to set up shop at the pier, you better be patient and positive about your decision. A representative of the pier responded to our inquiry stating that there is currently a waitlist and that only 12-month rental terms are being offered. While this news could be discouraging for small businesses wanting to try their luck at the pier, the fact that the demand is so high for rental spaces could be a sign that businesses are thriving at the pier.

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The entrance to the pier.James Tuliano

In 2013, the St. Pete Pier closed to the public until the current iteration opened on July 6th, 2020. For 6 years, the pier remained dormant and local businesses had to look elsewhere to find a place to sell their products. Prior to the pier closing in 2013, the “Inverted Pyramid Pier" was consistently open since 1988, though it could not contain as many businesses as the current pier can.

Until January 17th, The St. Pete Pier is hosting an event called Winter Beach. Winter Beach includes festive food and drinks as well as an entire ice-skating rink. This event is good news for the vendors at the pier, as potential customers are forced to walk through a majority of the market to get to Winter Beach.

You can read more about upcoming events that are scheduled to occur at the pier here.

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