The Turkey Creek Public Market in Knoxville, Tennessee opened on August 12th and features an incredibly wide array of merchandise and locally grown food. Owned by Charles Atchley, who also runs the Great Smokies Flea Market in Kodak, TN, the market has 700 booths available indoors and outdoors. “We’re in a good location, off an interstate that has 41 million cars driving on it each year,” Atchley says. “The building is 162,000 square feet, and has been sitting here empty for about 20 years. We thought we could purchase the land and the building, upgrade it, and build a public market, with a flea market, farmer’s market and antiques all together.” While the market is on a dead-end street, a new road that will connect the market to two exchanges should be operational by May, putting thousands more vehicles through the area.
Being the Biggest and Best
“We’ve had a really good reception and a great turnout,” Atchley adds. “We anticipate being one of the most successful and largest flea markets in the state of Tennessee and in the South.” He notes that the market has been advertising on local television, radio, print, and billboards in order to raise the public consciousness of Turkey Creek and help the vendors make money.
Turkey Creek is approximately 75% flea market and 25% farmers market, Atchley notes, and about 450 booths are currently being rented. Prices vary according to size of the booth, but average around $75 per three-day weekend. The state of the art facility has clean restrooms, numerous special events, and an extensive food court. The market is open Fridays through Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm, as well as selected Monday holidays. For more information, call (865) 671-5000 or visit the website at www.turkeycreekpublicmarket.com.