City may condemn Happy's Flea Market - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

City may condemn Happy's Flea Market

Posted: Updated:
photo.JPG photo.JPG
ROANOKE - A popular flea market may have to shutdown if repairs aren't made soon.

Roanoke City put a note on the front door of Happy's Flea Market that says the building is 'unsafe' and faces being condemned.

The flea market has until January 6th, 2014 to show they are making 'significant progress' on fixing electrical and roofing problems. Right now, there are several issues with drainage and leaking. The general manager says they have already started the work and are doing everything they can to make sure Happy's stays open.

"We are determined for Happy's to remain a positive place to do business within the Roanoke Valley," Happy's General Manager Harvey Murdoch says. "We love it here. We're going to do everything we have to."

City leaders tell WSLS that Roanoke Fire-EMS noticed the code violations during a routine inspection in May. They say they made Happy's owners aware of the issues at that time.

To avoid being condemned Happy's owners need to make sure their roof is structurally sound, fix the electrical system, create an emergency exit plan, and pass a safety inspection.

However, if the flea market does close,  hundreds of people will be out of a job. Vendor, Steve Mirzayan, says he's had his business at Happy's for 29 years. He says everyone who works at the flea market is in a panic. 

"You will have a lot of people going out of business and a lot of people unemployed," vendor Steve Mirzayan says. "You have about 300 to 400 people working here Most of these people, this is how they make their living."

Many of the vendors are worried about business being impacted with customers seeing the notice right before they come through the doors. They say this time of the year is where many of the vendors make most of their money.

Since the notice went up, a new Facebook group called 'Save Happy' has started.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen involved in weekend crash dies from injuries

    Teen involved in weekend crash dies from injuries

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:53:49 GMT
    Roanoke County Police say the juvenile who was injured in a crash Saturday has died.
    Roanoke County Police say the juvenile who was injured in a crash Saturday has died.
  • Kraft Foods recalls over 7,500 cases of Kraft American Singles

    Kraft Foods recalls over 7,500 cases of Kraft American Singles

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:43:53 GMT
    (WSLS)-- Kraft Foods announces a voluntary recall of more than 7,500 cases of craft singles cheese slices.The company says the recall is a precaution after a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.No complaints or illnesses have been reported. If you have one of the affected packages, return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.Here are the affected items:Product Name:12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices)Best When Used by Date...
    (WSLS)-- Kraft Foods announces a voluntary recall of more than 7,500 cases of craft singles cheese slices.The company says the recall is a precaution after a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.No complaints or illnesses have been reported. If you have one of the affected packages, return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.Here are the affected items:Product Name:12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices)Best When Used by Date...
  • Vigil held for 2-year-old girl who died after being left in hot van

    Vigil held for 2-year-old girl who died after being left in hot van

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:30:57 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.