Jasper Pickers opens its doors for business

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/10/17

A ribbon cutting was held for Jasper Pickers Antique Mall and Flea Market, which has opened at the old G. May & Sons Furniture Parkway Store on U.S. Highway 118.

Local community leaders were on hand for the ribbon cutting, …

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Jasper Pickers opens its doors for business

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A ribbon cutting was held for Jasper Pickers Antique Mall and Flea Market, which has opened at the old G. May & Sons Furniture Parkway Store on U.S. Highway 118.

Local community leaders were on hand for the ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

Greg Faulkner of Pelham said he and his wife, Cathy, have opened the business, with Cathy Faulkner and their daughter, Leslie Faulkner, both serving as store managers. After the Faulkners had already moved to Pelham in May, they started looking into starting the business by June.

The facility has been open in the air-conditioned, 90,000-square-foot building since July, with vendors offering a wide variety of items, including clothes, furniture, decorations, books, sporting goods and many more items.

“We offer booth rentals for vendors,”he said. “Those vendors can come in here and rent booth space for $2 a square foot. A 10-by-10 is a 100 square feet, so that would be $200 a month. Then they sell their goods. We run it through the register and whatever they make at the end a month, minus their rent, is what the check is made out for.”

More than 90 spaces are rented so far, Faulkner said. A second phase of the store was opened up last week, allowing the upper, or ground level, floor to be used on both ends. By January, he hopes a third phase using downstairs space can be used.

Even as the ribbon cutting was going on, one vendor was setting up in a new space.

“When we get full, we will have over 300 vendors,” he said.

Meanwhile, Faulkner said he is contemplating a children’s play area downstairs, and is actively seeking a food or restaurant vendor to move into the old 500-square-foot service desk area in the back of the main floor. The old adjacent GE Profile area would be turned into a dining area with TV sets set on the wall to watch, Faulkner said.

“We also have about 25,000 square feet in the back for industry to come in for warehouse storage,”he said, noting it comes with a picker and an outdoor loading dock.

Faulkner was pleased about the location, where they moved in almost as quickly as G. May & Sons closed the store there.

“When we came here, G. May had such as reputation anyway. It was such a great business. It was good that we were able to open it without it being closed,” he said. “So many businesses in different communities have to close and then they have nothing there for years, if not more than that.”

The vendors have been allowed to paint their own spaces, Faulkner said, adding that he does assist in building for them.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day except Sunday, when the hours are 1 until 5 p.m., he said. The phone number is 512-1101.