By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,629)
Flea-for-All, which has enjoyed its tenure at 125 Kennebec Street in Bayside, is closing on Sunday, July 3, 2016 because it has to vacate the premises by the end of July according to sources close to the situation. THAT’S because the owner of the building has sold it to a ‘wellness’ facility which will include drug addiction workshops among its programs.
Vendors will be free to sell their vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques and handmade furniture at other flea markets in the state. There’s a flea market in Arundel and one on Route One in Woolwich that vendors may turn to in the meantime. Vendors hope that the new facility on Congress Street, the former Paul’s Food Market, will be ready to open in September – with a grand opening coming in October of 2016.
Business owners Nathaniel Becker and Erin Kiley purchased the former Pauls Food Market with the intent of moving their flea market to that location. Because of the age of the building and the deferred maintenance to it, an extensive renovation is underway. One source at the Kennebec Street building said this afternoon that the interior of the building will be beautiful when it is finished.
“They are doing a wonderful restoration job,” she said.