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Westside Jacksonville flea market closing its doors

5:54 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The Johnson's Family Flea and Farmers Market is closing its doors on the first of the year after seven years of being open.

Vendors found out Thursday evening that the market on Ramona Boulevard was closing, with businesses being given to the middle of January to completely move out.

"The Grinch came yesterday," said Tim Walton, who moved his business into the market three months ago. His operation was called Trader Tim.

Martin and Maria Martinez have three years invested running Martinez Restaurant and Bakery. The couple said they never expected a 30-day notice to leave.

"I am going to have to start looking for a job or something. I don't know what I am going to do," said Martin, who does the cooking with his wife handling the cash register.

The market has about 50 vendors right now, with space for upwards of 100.

"Due to bad business and it is not working out no more," said Brian Wardingo, citing the reason for decision to close. Wardingo currently manages the flea market.

Lat Purser & Associates leases the property. A representative would only confirm the flea market is closing down the first of January.

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