EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- A vacant building is getting a facelift and will soon be opening it’s doors again to the public. The old Price Less Foods that sat at Covert and Vann Avenues in Evansville has been closed for years. Now more than food will be sold in the former grocery store.
In a building almost forgotten. A new venture will soon start.
“They’re kind of like family to us. They’ve been with us for four years and they wanted this area. They wanted Evansville, Indiana,” Rock Barth says.
It’s called the Big E Superstore and it’s similar to a vendor mall.
“I promised them several years ago at another location if I could ever find a building in Evansville that I would get it,” Barth explains.
Rocky Barth is one of the owners. He says this is a step they took to make their vendors happy. That’s people like Michael Dassell who sells electronics with his wife’s jewelry booth. He says selling in a permanent location was more realistic than what they did in the past.
“We used to do craft shows and things on the road and this was kinda a matter of connivance,” Michael Dassell says.
Barth says the type of people that sell are a little older sometimes trying to push their money further.
“Most of them are doing this so supplement their income,” Barth says.
But Dassel says it’s more about socializing than anything else.
“It started out as a hobby but now it’s ended up just being something to do,” Dassel continues.
The variety of products ranges from clothes and vinyl records to homemade candles and jams. It’s similar to a store Barth runs in Henderson, Kentucky. But he says that store is going to see some changes.
“We’re closing that and turning it into a merchants outlet. It’s where you leave stuff. We sell it for you,” he says.
As for the new location. Barth says they’re excited to meet their new customers.
The Big E Superstore is scheduled to open next Friday.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2020)