Cooks Flea Market partially reopens after fire

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Saturday, customers were allowed inside Cooks Flea Market for the first time since a fire tore through the roof of the Winston-Salem space on June5.

“It’s pretty awesome place,” said Tim Hartsell, a shopper. “It’s great.”

Guests packed the parking lot and vendors were glad to see them return.

“It’s good to be back and we want everyone to come in and see us,” said Susan Little, a vendor.

Around 50 vendors are still unable to access their booths while part of the building remains closed off.

“We know nothing, except we lost everything,” said Linda Digianpaolo, a vendor.

On Saturday, at least 16 vendors were able to relocate. Digianpaolo was given a table to set up in the hallway.

“We thought that was really nice,” Digianpaolo said.

Vendors told us they are glad the space reopened quickly.

“It’s amazing what they’ve done with this place in a short time,” said  Paul Dalton, the owner of Gravity Ball.  “I can see what corporate did here and what staff did here is a regular miracle getting us open.”

Part of Cooks Flea Market will be open to the public Sunday starting at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.

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