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Troubled Flea Market Cleans Up Before Sale

Posted July 10, 2007
Updated July 11, 2007

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— As they put it up for sale, the owners of a flea market on Rock Quarry Road are out to prove that new measures have improved security at the market.

The attorney for the owner of Watson's Flea Market went before the Raleigh City Council Tuesday to talk about the recently implemented security measures.

The southeast Raleigh commerce center came to city officials' attention after an April slaying and a January counterfeit goods raid.

City officials had given the owners until late May to clean up the property and to improve relations with nearby property owners.

"Some of those instances that occurred were beyond the control of the flea market, and they've been a good neighbor since they've been there," said Charles Marshall, the attorney for the owner of the flea market.

"And they've taken steps these last six months that I think makes them a great neighbor," added Marshall.

Marshall said the owners have installed security lights in front of the market, an 8-foot fence behind it and a buffer of trees between the market and Rock Quarry Road.

"I went out there. I saw what they had done to try and fix some of the problems. I think it took a little bit of the city getting their hands on this, making sure people understood that this was a serious problem," said Philip Isley of the Raleigh City Council.

Marshall said that an open dialog exists between the market's owners and members of the surrounding community.

Isley said Tuesday that, in light of the the pending sale, the city would wait to see what happens with the property before taking any further action.

Marshall assured the city council that the security improvements will stay in place even if the property changes hands.

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  • claudnc Jul 11, 2007

    I enjoy strolling at the flea markets on Capital, State fair ground and even rock quarry road every once in a while. Its a flea market, just like yard sales most things are used and cheaper than going to a store. I think everyone wears knockoffs - who has 600 dollars for a real louie vutton purse... It just makes sense to pay $40 dollars for it... It folks were paying the original prices for them - we would have something to say about that as well. Its a flea market the beauty is if you dont like it dont go... and I agree with Starbella we want the hispanics to do all the jobs we are willing to do and then complain when they do them...

  • Like that Jul 11, 2007

    Pikemon & Dogsrule...
    I see Mexicans (Hispanics) in Walmart too! I guess they should be shut down too. Get a grip and a life! The real issue with that area is not the flea market, it is the land just like the big deal over the Dix land. They already tore down Chavis Heights and are just trying to spread out. Believe it or not, everyone is not wealthy and need low income housing and flea markets in order to survive. There is a BIGGER picture, expand your mind and you may be able to see it too.

  • lboyette Jul 11, 2007

    I go to the council meetings because i live a mile away so i am trying to be involved.It is hard though without the support we need.

  • lboyette Jul 11, 2007

    starbella- I agree with you there.my apologies.I'm on your side

  • lboyette Jul 11, 2007

    road15- I guess you and I are the only one's on the same page.What I said earlier had nothing to do with building ABC stores.I think starbella has anger management issues.She does not realise if she lives in that neighborhood and has kids it would benefit them also to have a school there and not a flea market.

  • starbellans Jul 11, 2007

    WHAT I WAS SAYING IN REFERENCE TO THAT IS THAT WAKE COUNTY CAN BUILD MORE ABC STORES THEN SCHOOLS THAT IS WHAT MY PROBELM IS. I DID NOT SAY SHUT TOWARDS YOU YOU KNOW THINS NEED TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTE AND NO IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT SO WHY EVEN SPEAK ABOUT IT.

  • lboyette Jul 11, 2007

    starbella- what are you talking about..shut up.This is a forum and I have not said anything wrong to anyone personally.What is wrong with the county building something more appropriate.You seem to be taking this too far personally.You need to talk to someone about that.Anyway,is horrible to look at and the people in the neighborhood are tired of it.How many flea markets do you see in North raleigh???

  • starbellans Jul 11, 2007

    IBOYETTE
    BUT YET WAKE COUNTY CAN BUILD ABC STORES FASTER THEN A SCHOOL WHAT IS THE PROBLEM NOW....IN PLAIN ENGLISH WORRY ABOUT YOUR SELF AND YOUR FAMILY DONT WORRY ABOUT WHAT EVERONE ELSE IS DOING AND YOUR NOT!!!!!!!!!!!SHUT UP

  • lboyette Jul 11, 2007

    I live near the flea market and I really hope they sell it to a college or something dealing in an educational aspect.our schools are overcrowded it should not take a rocket scientist to figure out that this property can be bought by the county to build a school for our kids instead of trailers.I hate driving by the eye soar everyday and seeing the junk there.Did you know the wake county bus depot is directly across the street.They need to utilize the resources for something better than bootleg shopping flea markets.

  • 1 of the original Americans Jul 11, 2007

    starbella_ns

    Thats telling them girl!!! finally somebody stepped up and told it!!

    "FTP" - George Lopez

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