Paper analyses the importance and the territorial diversification of marketplaces (open-air-markets) in Poland based on Eurostat and the Polish public statistical data. The study used methods of correlation, regression and principal components analysis. The results indicate that the surface of the sales surface of marketplaces in Poland per 1,000 residents varies greatly between regions. The level of analyzed variable is higher in regions with lower level of economic growth, higher inflation and higher unemployment rate. Marketplaces surface is also negatively associated with a number of large format retailers per 1,000 residents, population density and the degree of marketability of agricultural production.
Keywords: Traditional retail markets, retail trade, territorial distribution, Poland