The long-awaited Turkey Creek Public Market, a big indoor flea market, opened this past weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. Storm damage had pushed back the grand opening. About 530 of the market’s 600 interior booths were filled, according to a report at KnoxvilleBiz.com, a Scripps Interactive Newspaper. Additional outdoor booths brought the total vendor count to about 700, according to the market Web site.
Vendors posting on the Turkey Creek Facebook page say that business was good at the swap meet. Ed Johnson posts, “Great weekend for sales Relaxation Station B-17. All customers seemed happy. Only problem the AC didn’t appear to work in our corner of the building.” Jessica Caldwell Hiles posts, “Sew Unique Children’s Shop has had a great Opening Weekend so far! We have met a lot of great new customers and booth neighbors!” Betty Kincaid posts, “Started off slow this morning, but, sure isn’t slow now! We are really busy in here today! Sales are great! People are amazed at the size of this place & just all the different merchandise we have!”
“Turkey Creek Public Market is like no other shopping venue in the area,” said Charles Atchley, one of the developers, in a press release. “It is certainly going to be a fun place to shop. With so many vendors under one roof and even more in our outside Farmer’s Market Plaza, there is something here for everyone. But it is also a community gathering space, and that’s the exciting part.” Atchley, a veteran of the Tennessee flea market scene, is the founder of the Great Smokies Flea Market.
The market is working to be very vendor friendly, with a vendor party held before the opening, and coupons given out when a permanent vendor refers a new vendor to the market.
The Turkey Creek Public Market is open Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and some Monday holidays. For more information, call (865) 671-5000 or visit the Web site to send an e-mail message.
This story was updated on Aug. 15. Photo credit, with thanks: KnoxvilleBiz.com.