The Bristol Flea Market certainly has had its share of setbacks.
The indoor flea market at the former Walmart at The Bristol Park Shopping Center, 100 Commerce Circle, Bristol where Routes 13 and 413 meet, was slated to have its Grand Opening on Saturday, January 4th, 2020.
However just five days prior to that an inspection of their fire alarm system found some faulty equipment and the entire system needed to be replaced, which took almost two months.
Fast-forward to their re-scheduled Grand Opening on Saturday, February 29th.
The new Grand Opening was a huge success, actually quite a bit more successful than anyone ever imagined.
The Bristol Park Shopping Center never saw so many cars in its parking lot at 8:00am, even more than the Saturday before Christmas that Walmart once attracted.
Customers were parking behind the stores and even out on the shoulder of Routes 13 and 413.
Crowds were almost as brisk on Sunday, January 5th as well.
Week two was crowded but not nearly as crowded as the opening weekend.
Week three the coronavirus hit and crowds were sparse to say the least. Week four never materialized and the market was closed indefinitely only after just three weekends.
Fast-forward to the first weekend in June.
Although indoor events of that size were not allowed, management decided to bring the market outdoors to the parking lot.
Ads were placed in local newspapers, social media and radio for the Grand Opening of the outdoor market scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 5th, 6th, and 7th, only to be canceled at the last minute due to a protest rally that weekend in Bristol for George Floyd.
With three Grand Openings now under their belt and three cancellations the Bristol Outdoor Flea Market is finally on its way to being a regularly scheduled outdoor Flea Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:00am to 3:00pm.
Although Bucks County has moved to the “Green Phase” limits are still placed on indoor gatherings of up to 250 people, and right now there are still at least 300 vendors inside, out of the 500 vendors that were set up during their grand opening.
Owner Tony Soprano said it’s sort of a “Catch 22.”
“Legally we’re allowed to re-open indoors but there’s no use in opening if we only have room for our vendors and no room for shoppers. We were informed by the PA Dept. of Health that Governor Wolf will raise that 250 person limit but not sure when that will happen. It just depends if the COVID-19 cases in the county decrease.”
For more info visit www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org or call 215-625-FLEA (3532).