CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – John O’Mara has been driving from Rochester to Cheektowaga for the Super Flea and Farmers Market for the past 25 years.
“When this place was going you could not get in here” said O’Mara.
At one time the market was booming. Vendors said you had to wait in line as early as 5 a.m. Saturday morning just to try to get a spot.
However over the years the customer base and vendors have dwindled. Now the market is closing.
Many customers said they are sad to see it go. “Well I can’t imagine. You know it’s just always been here for us so we’ll miss it” said Linda Grotke of Lancaster.
It has been in the community for over 40 years. With more than 200 vendors on site shoppers have been able to find a variety of items.
“It’s a melting pot for every nationality in the city” said Paul, a longtime vendor at Super Flea and Farmer’s Market. “You can find anything from antiques to your daily household items something that may cost $10 or $15 dollars in the store, people that don’t have that much money can come here and pick it up for $2 and $3 dollars”.
Benderson Development, which owns the Western New York staple, plans to build a Walmart Supercenter in its place.
A spokesman for the company said construction should be finished next year.
Now the vendors have to find a new place to call home. The market will welcome patrons for the last time on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a fresh start. When something goes down something comes up. It’s going to be a fresh start, something different” said Romeo Doyle of Buffalo.