Antique Store Gives Ocala an Economic Boost
As shows like Pawn Stars and Antique Road Show are becoming big hits, so are local antinque stores.
Sometimes people travel hundreds of miles just to find that special collector item, and that fascination is also providing an economic boost.
Lisa Olender and her husband just opened one of the largest antique malls in North Central Florida. She says last weekend the business made at least $15,000.
Olender says the antique mall also paves the way for job growth and employs over 100 small businesses there.
Felecia Prather is the Director of Corporate Relations for the Ocala Chamber of Commerce; she agrees and says the mall is in a central location and brings business to the surrounding restaurants and hotels.
The Wildwood Antique Mall plans to cross-market with restaurants and hotels, by displaying and handing out their menus and brochures, in hopes that their customers will also bring business there.
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