HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > United States > Texas & Southcentral > San Antonio

About The Ads  This week the ad company used in the forum will be monitoring activity and doing some tests to identify any problems which users may be experiencing. If at any time this week you get pop-ups, redirects, etc. as a result of ads please let us know by sending an email to forum@skyscraperpage.com or post in the ads complaint thread. Thank you for your participation.


Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #1  
Old Posted May 2, 2009, 4:44 AM
sirkingwilliam's Avatar
sirkingwilliam sirkingwilliam is online now
Loving SA 365 days a year
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 3,709
Southwest Side to get giant flea market (across from planned outlet center)

This will be across from the planned 500,000 sq ft. outlet center.


Quote:

Southwest Side to get giant flea market

By Creighton A. Welch - Express-News


In terms of Texas flea markets, Traders Village in Grand Prairie and Houston are two of the most popular, drawing a combined 5 million people a year.

Now, the company is opening a store in San Antonio.

Traders Village bought 290 acres of undeveloped land for an undisclosed price at Old Pearsall Road and Loop 410 on the city's Southwest Side to create a festival-like flea market that it hopes will attract thousands of vendors and millions of shoppers each year.

Traders Village is pegging this as more of an entertainment venue than just a place to shop. It will be able to host festivals, gatherings and concerts and even will have an RV park and, someday, cabins.

“You can spend the day shopping, enjoying everything from corn dogs to Thai food and then enjoy some entertainment,” said Mike Baxter, marketing director for Traders Village.

The company plans to break ground in six months and to open the market in mid-2010.

San Antonio has several flea markets that offer live music, food and other events, but Traders Village will offer it all on a larger scale.

The first phase of Traders Village will hold up to 1,200 vendors, about the size of the Houston market. But the company plans to expand to more than 3,000 vendors in the future, the size of its Grand Prairie shops. It will have several large expo buildings as well.

Though flea markets don't pack all the glitz and glam of other retail, they actually are faring well in the recession. Baxter said 2008 was a record year for Traders Village.

“We're finding that the economy is doing very well for flea markets all over the country,” Baxter said. “2009 could be another record breaker because people not only are looking for bargains, but they're looking for money, so they come out and sell.”

Some of San Antonio's flea markets share the same sentiment.

“You can tell right now with the economy that people are going back to the basics,” said Joel Dauley, owner of the 46-acre Mission Open Air Market at Moursund Boulevard and Loop 410 on the South Side.

Dauley's father founded the market, which draws 25,000 to 30,000 shoppers each week, in 1973. The market doesn't have concerts, but does attract events such as blood drives and raffles, and offers food and other concessions.

“That flea market thing is just a tag,” Dauley said. “These are really blooming markets.”

Pan Am Plaza Inc. at Interstate 35 and West Southcross Boulevard is a smaller market, attracting about 800 people on a weekend day, but it, too, is busy.

“Business has been great,” owner A. Salazar said. “Busier than a cat on a tin roof.”

Salazar allows his vendors to host bingo night or raffles, and he rents out a ballroom for dances and quinceañeras.

Not all flea markets have been successful here, though. Roam Open Air Market near New Braunfels shut down in November 2002 after just 14 months. The owners attributed it to a flawed business strategy — the former owner said in a San Antonio Express-News article that it should have been open once a month instead of every weekend.

Bad timing might have had something to do with it as well. The market opened just four days after the Sept. 11 attacks. And the 50-acre site was just a few miles from Bussey's Flea Market, which opened in 1978 and attracts about 15,000 visitors each weekend.

Although Roam failed, local flea market operators seem to think there's enough demand for another shop in town. “Of the flea markets here in town, I guess we're all doing pretty good,” Salazar said.
If I had to guess, I'd say this flea market would be on the southwest corner while the outlet would be on the northeast corner.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2  
Old Posted May 2, 2009, 12:51 PM
SAguy SAguy is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 436
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #3  
Old Posted May 3, 2009, 4:09 AM
kornbread kornbread is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 807

I just thought it was funny that flea market news was posted. If that isn't the sign of a recession, I don't know what is.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #4  
Old Posted Dec 10, 2009, 4:50 PM
miaht82's Avatar
miaht82 miaht82 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Triangle
Posts: 1,316
Just thought I'd bump this thread a bit;

They are working on the roads for this project. It is right smack in the middle of the rail line and Old Pearsall, directly in front of what I think is a middle school. I hate the entire idea of flea markets, especially the "mall" type.
__________________
The Raleigh Connoisseur
It is the city trying to escape the consequences of being a city
while still remaining a city. It is urban society trying to eat its
cake and keep it, too.
- Harlan Douglass, The Suburban Trend, 1925
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #5  
Old Posted Dec 10, 2009, 5:23 PM
alexjon's Avatar
alexjon alexjon is offline
Bears of antiquity
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Downtown/First Hill, Seattle, WA
Posts: 8,340
^^Oh, please!

You know you go to Bussey's wearing sunglasses and a large coat so nobody will recognize you!
__________________
"The United States is in no way founded upon the Christian religion." -- George Washington & John Adams in a diplomatic message to Malta
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #6  
Old Posted Dec 10, 2009, 8:38 PM
miaht82's Avatar
miaht82 miaht82 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Triangle
Posts: 1,316
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexjon View Post
^^Oh, please!

You know you go to Bussey's wearing sunglasses and a large coat so nobody will recognize you!
And now I'll have to add a fake mustache.
__________________
The Raleigh Connoisseur
It is the city trying to escape the consequences of being a city
while still remaining a city. It is urban society trying to eat its
cake and keep it, too.
- Harlan Douglass, The Suburban Trend, 1925
Reply With Quote
     
     
End
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > United States > Texas & Southcentral > San Antonio
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:03 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.