Oldsmar, Florida– Another long time Bay area establishment has been purchased. The Oldsmar Flea Market sold to developers this week. The property, located at the corner of Race Track Rd & Tampa/Hillsborough Ave. is the latest property to change hands in the county.
The Big Plans
Many residents of the two counties have seen a large number of areas being purchased up by developers over the past few years. The large Neilson lot off Patricia in Dunedin along with the old Countryside Executive Golf course and Dogwaters Cafe have been developed in to large apartment complexes, could this location be next?
A corporate entity tied to developer Grady Pridgen has acquired the Oldsmar Flea Market for $11.35 million. Pridgen was not available to comment on the transaction or the properties potential use.
According to Eshenbaugh Land Co., the property will still operate as it has for more than 30 years, as a Flea Market. With hopeful and much needed renovations and upgrades.
A Market In Need Of Help
If you have visited the Flea Market in the past few years, it is no surprise that a needed renovation is way overdue, and it shows. I have frequented the Oldsmar Flea for well over 25 years, and it is sort of depressing. From the empty storefronts, and outside vendor spots. To the deserted aisle that use to be filled with shoppers looking for those unique finds and deals, the market needs help! And I am not alone in my thinking.
In 2017, Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis told news channel WFLA that redevelopment was a possibility for the flea market.
“Some mixed use office, retail, residential, shops and things like that would be a great use for that,” Bevis told the TV station. “But, in the end of the day, it depends on what the buyer decides to do with it.”
As of now no changes have been announced, so the long term intent of the property is still a mystery.
What do you think they should do? Leave me a comment.