Red River Market Place Booming Months After Opening

After opening last August the number of vendors at the Red River Market Place has nearly doubled.

The City of Burkburnett is reaping those benefits and from the looks of it things will only improve.  This weekend there were about 200 vendors all with a space inside the old Wal Mart building.  This month they saw their largest turnout of merchants and its only expected to grow.

From your first step inside the building, the sound of live music echoes its way to every corner and every shop and all those merchants have a different product, from glitz and glamour, to your simple necessities.

"We have the Tilley hats and travel wear durables from Canada, and we design jewelry," said merchant and craftswoman Peggy Hill.

She and her husband have had their reserved spot since December.  For them the 10 minute drive from home is their biggest benefit.

"We like to show what we have and this is the nearest thing we can do," said Hill.

"Some of these people are in a show every weekend, and that word of mouth keeps going. We've hit Bowie, Canton, and Lawton," said Jack Jones with Red River Market Place.

Carm Gemberling traveled hours from Sherman to show her air purifier crystals. This was her first time at the market and says because of the people, location, and sales she'll be back again.

"We're coming back we're getting a little bit of a larger space," said Gemberling.

On average every weekend the market is open sees it about 3,000 to 5,000 feet walk through their doors.  For the time being that's not changing but what is, is the number of vendors.

"By August, September, we should be able to fill the 250 inside and have our 30, 40 vendors outside and we'll be okay," said Jones.

An expansion might be on the way too.  For a building that has sat vacant for years its sure bringing in visitors, merchants, and most importantly revenue into Burkburnett.

Jones says he has plans for a chili and bar-b-que cook off during the summer months.

There are still open spots at the market place. You can find information about renting those spots here.

The market is open the weekend before the third Monday of every month. The Hampton Inn in Burkburnett tells us that every weekend the market place is open, they're rooms are booked.

Crystal Hall News Channel 6.