Flea market is relocating
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Den & Deb's Indoor Flea Market has closed its doors at the NE Waldo Road location and will be moving a smaller operation to Gator Moving & Storage in the Northeast Industrial Park.
Dennis Murray, who owned the business with his wife, Debbie Brumagin, said the flea market is relocating after Lowell Cheeseborough of Gainesville, owner of the 6.2-acre property at 2708 NE Waldo Road, sold it and told Murray and Brumagin to be out by Thursday. Cheeseborough confirmed he has sold the property, but he declined to say to whom.
Meanwhile, Murray said the business, which opened in December 2011 with more than 50 vendors, will be moving less than five minutes away to space in the back of Gator Moving & Storage at 1950 NE 27th Ave.
He said the new business, which will be named Gator's Good Stuff Cheap, is tentatively scheduled to open on Feb. 10. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.
Murray said the new business will feature vendors that will sell Avon, baby clothes and other items, body oils and scents, cell phones, electronic cigarettes, men's and women's clothing and new and used furniture. He said one vendor will specialize in computer repair and there will be a hotdog stand and a "snack lady" on site.
"It will be real small, and only like 10 vendors can go in there," Murray said last Tuesday, as he and another man used hammers to tear down wooden partitions inside the former flea market.
One of those vendors, Tim Fulwood, owner of TNR Vapes & Stuff, said although the new location will be smaller, it will probably be better.
"It has a big parking lot with lots of parking space, but it is a lot smaller, so it will have less vendors than we had here," said Fulwood, as he broke down his space in the old building. "It's going to be a more quality place than a flea market. It's going to be like a bazaar."
Fulwood said his business sells and manufactures electronic cigarettes and repairs computers. He said the vapes and computer repair business are offshoots of TNR Aqua Clean, a water treatment company he also owns.
Fulwood said Murray has been "working his rear end off trying to get everything out of here." He also said he wasn't able to move until last week because he was busy helping other vendors move out the building.
Murray said he and his wife invested $100,000 in the building to get it operational for the flea market, but he is more sad about having to move because the flea market provided opportunities for small vendors who will no longer be able to sell their goods at a convenient location.
"I lost my shirt here, but I thank the people for being here for us and helping us," Murray said. "I feel I owe the people still because they came here to support me, and now we don't know what to do or say to them anymore because of this. I just put $100,000 into this building and I can't take any of it with me."
Murray said he is not through with the flea market business. "As soon as I get the new place up and running and can find me another place like this and put us in it, I will be back in the flea market business," Murray said. "I'm not done yet."
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