Green Acres Flea Market To Reopen Soon And Rise After Fire Incident
The Green Acres Flea Market, a popular destination for bargain hunters and antique collectors in Blount County, Tennessee, is determined to bounce back after a massive fire destroyed several buildings on its property on June 3, 2023.
The fire, which started around 10 p.m., engulfed four buildings and damaged several others, sending thick smoke and flames into the night sky. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but no injuries were reported.
The flea market, which has been operating since 1975, is located on Alcoa Highway and attracts thousands of visitors every weekend. It offers a variety of goods, from clothing and jewelry to furniture and tools.
The owners of the flea market, Brett Mandel and his family, said they were devastated by the loss, but grateful for the support they received from the community and the firefighters who battled the blaze.
“We want to thank our loyal vendors, customers, and community at large for the outpouring of support during an extremely difficult time,” they wrote on their Facebook page.
They also announced their plans to reopen as soon as possible, and said they were taking several steps to ensure the safety of the property, such as cleaning up, putting up fences, and painting vendor spots.
“While we are working to reopen, we are not able to provide an estimate on when that would be possible. However, when we do reopen, we would ask customers and vendors, old and new, to show their support and fill the place up once again,” they said.
The flea market is not only a source of income for many vendors, but also a place of nostalgia and community for many customers.
“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. It’s like a family here. You can find anything you need here,” said one customer who witnessed the fire.
Another customer said he hoped the flea market would recover soon and continue to serve the area.
“It’s a landmark. It’s been here forever. It’s part of our history. I hope they can rebuild it and make it better than ever,” he said.
The Green Acres Flea Market is one of the largest and oldest flea markets in Tennessee and has been featured in several publications and TV shows. It is known for its eclectic mix of merchandise and friendly atmosphere.
The owners said they were optimistic about the future of the flea market and thanked everyone for their prayers and encouragement.
“We are confident that with your help, we will come back stronger than ever,” they said.