Two months after opening for business in a renovated factory building, the Tri-County Flea Market East in Warren, Mich., is bringing on a new pilot and a new direction. Incoming general manager Christopher McKain has taken over from former manager Scott Rubin. “We’re a really great team here,” McKain says. “We’re really recreating the market. We’re coming out with a lot of great new vendors, we’re becoming more family oriented, and we’re creating new events by the week.”
As examples, he mentioned fund-raising events and an ambitious Black Friday event. “We’re going to be open extra early that day,” says McKain. “We’re going to rival any mall that you see. I expect my parking lots to be packed.”
The indoor, year-round Tri-County Flea Market East currently hosts 150 vendors, with room for 220. “We’re on the hunt for great vendors,” he adds. “Here in Michigan, a lot of our vendors are unemployed, so we have an opportunity to help them stimulate the economy.”
McKain wants the tenor of the market to resonate with families and the local area. “We want to be a beacon for the community, a place where folks can come from all around and really enjoy themselves,” he says. For more information, visit the market’s site on the Internet, and contact McKain at (586) 872-2130.