PLYMOUTH - A new craft and flea market store will open this weekend in the old bank site in the Rite Aid Plaza.
Father and son Ron and Randy Picard will hold a soft opening for the Corner Collective in the old United Bank storefront at 8 South Main St. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m.
Ron Picard, a former Bristol resident, who now lives in New Britain, said they have been remodeling the 3,000-square foot store to be a collectibles mart. It is located next door to Pasquale’s Deli.
The Picards sell sports memorabilia at baseball card shows and online. They will be joined at the new store by an antique dealer, a vinyl record dealer, a coin dealer, a jeweler. There will also be a woman who makes handmade children’s clothing and she will be giving sewing classes, Ron Picard said.
He said they had been previously been displaying their wares at the indoor flea market nearby at 211 Main St. but recently decided to branch out.
This weekend the Corner Collective will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that it will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the same hours. A grand opening and ribbon cutting is planned for Saturday, Feb. 18.
“This space has been vacant for about four years,” said Randy Picard, a Terryville resident. “The mayor’s office was quite happy that someone is actually moving in to redo the place and make something of it.”
Ron Picard said there is a waiting list for vendors now. Anyone interested in getting a booth at the new store can call the Corner Collective office at 860-582-4002 and leave a message.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.