PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - A New Jersey businessman is creating what could be the world's largest flea market.
If Daniel Risis has his way, 304 Anderson Street in Phillipsburg will become a go-to destination for collectors and bargain hunters.
Risis, who owns a chain of pawn shops in north Jersey, originally bought the place two years ago to use as a warehouse.
"It still has that old factory feel that Phillipsburg is very much known for. I'm a big proponent of repurposing the space,” Risis said.
When Black Rose Antiques announced it was closing at the Phillipsburg Mall, Risis says he saw an opportunity to create something new, tentatively named "Phillipsburg Antique and Flea Market." He has already converted the top floor into an antique mall, and some of Black Roses' vendors will be moving in.
The bottom floors will be a flea market with areas selling things like toys, sporting equipment, and bicycles. Risis says he has plans to convert the outside into a hangout space with live music and food trucks.
"My goal is to have, what they have in California, shipping containers that are repurposed for exterior retail,” he said.
The space is so big, he's submitted it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest flea market.
Risis has also purchased property and Toby's Cup in Lopatcong. He says the hot dog stand will remain up and running.
He plans to add a second Toby's Cup location inside Phillipsburg Antique and Flea Market, which is anticipated to open in May.