Pittsburgh seeks home for Wholey’s fish sign
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh’s best-known fish market, Robert Wholey & Co. are looking for a new home for the business’ iconic smiling fish sign.
The 100-by-60-foot sign has been in place for 25 years on Wholey’s cold storage building in the city’s Strip District, a section dominated by food wholesalers and other merchants.
Wholey’s sold the building in 2007 and now a developer plans to remove the sign when the building is renovated to house 144 apartments.
Peduto says he’d like to see the Senator John Heinz History Center take over the sign. The center, which specializes in western Pennsylvania history, did something similar with the former H.J. Heinz Co. pouring ketchup sign a few years ago.
Wholey’s will pay to install the sign and foot its monthly electric bill.