The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another Pinellas County mom-and-pop business.
Owners of the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, which has been at 7801 Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park since 1966, announced on their website and Facebook page that the 2,500-plus vendor outdoor and covered market will not re-open. The Wagon Wheel, which also includes the former Mustang Drive-In Flea Market, was one of the oldest – and busiest – flea and produce markets in Florida.
The business evolved out of Hardy Huntley’s used car lot; wife Janet Huntley became his field agent, scouring the county for used items Huntley could repair and sell.
Janet Huntley died in 2009; Hardy passed away four years later.
The Wagon Wheel closed in March, during the first wave of COVID-19.
The announcement in full:
To our beloved vendors and patrons, It is with a heavy-heart that we share with you the news that the Wagon Wheel and Mustang Flea Markets will not be reopening. After almost 55 years of continuous business the time has come for us to say farewell. Thank all of you for your patronage and support. This has been the most difficult decision we have ever made as a family. We wish you all the best. It is with tears and fond memories that we say goodbye and thank you.
The Huntley Family