Franklin Flea returning to Philadelphia in April

Philadelphia — Franklin Flea’s successful holiday season earned the once-a-week indoor flea market a return booking for April.

Starting back in November, Franklin Flea brought local artisans and vendors together in Center City Philadelphia to showcase handmade, repurposed and antique items as well as an assortment of artisan foods.

Producer and curator Mark Vevle and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of The Gallery, combined forces to bring the market to the city. PREIT provided space for the market’s more than 50 vendors in its historic former Strawbridge and Clothier building at 8th and Market.

Vevle credits Franklin Flea’s location in the thriving Market East section of Philadelphia with the project’s popularity. “The cross-market of shoppers we found in this centralized location was crucial to the success of Franklin Flea, and also paints a colorful picture of the long-term business story we will see in the months to come,” he said.

PREIT CEO Joseph F. Coradino said: ““The success of Franklin Flea speaks volumes to the fact that Philadelphia – especially the Market East corridor – is ready for a fresh, revitalized retail environment, and we are optimistic we will be able to deliver it in the future with a remerchandising of the Gallery.”

Vevle and PREIT have already begun planning Franklin Flea’s return for a spring market in April.


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