CANTON -Instead of paint and hardware supplies, the former Aubuchon store in the Midtown Plaza will soon offer flea market finds like antiques, books and collectibles.
Timothy M. and Cathy Connelly, owners of North Country Neighbors, 6 Main St., Potsdam, plan to expand into Canton by opening a similar store that will be called North Country Neighbors Too.
The Canton store is scheduled to open in mid-May in the vacant Aubuchon building, 21 Miner St.
Like their Potsdam store which opened nearly 12 years ago, the store will contain a variety of booths rented by vendors offering jewelry, decor, household, furniture, fashion, costumes, vintage collectibles and more.
With about 6,000 square feet, the Canton store is slightly larger than the Potsdam location. A waiting list of vendors interested in selling at the Potsdam store prompted the couple to look to neighboring Canton.
Most of our vendors are quite happy and we havent been able to make space for new vendors, Mr. Connelly said. Its kind of like an incubator for people interested in being in business.
The location near the Trailways bus station and the discount bread store should help attract college students, Amish customers and others, Mr. Connelly said.
The couple will lease the space from Aubuchon which closed its hardware store several years ago.
The Connellys store will provide the village of Canton with two flea markets.
Last year, the Canton Flea Market opened in a section of Fashion Craze in the University Plaza. It now houses roughly 80 vendors.
Mr. Connelly said having two flea markets in Canton is a positive asset for the community.
I think well provide a slightly different option for shoppers, he said. I think people are going to like the environment. Well have a lot of unique items. Our repeat customers say they find it a relaxing place where they find weird things they didnt think they needed until they get here.
Vendors will be asked to sign a years lease. A typical booth is about 64 square feet and costs $80 a month to rent.
Compared to past retail trends, he said a broader segment of todays shoppers are interested in buying used, rather than new items because the prices are better.
North Country Neighbors Too will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Interested vendors can contact the Connellys at 268-1055.