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April and Paul Seed, Camp Flea Antique Mall LLCSBJ photo by WES HAMILTON
April and Paul Seed, Camp Flea Antique Mall LLC


Open for Business: Camp Flea Antique Mall LLC

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Camp Flea Antique Mall LLC
Paul and April Speed in September bought the former Maine Streete Mall Antiques & Collectibles building in Ozark and rebranded as Camp Flea Antique Mall. The 1900 W. Elm St. property southwest of U.S. Highway 65 and Highway 14 was operated by A.R. and Ruth Wilson until their recent retirement. The Speeds retained nearly all of the 200 vendors in the 26,000-square-foot flea market. April Speed, who works for ad agency The Marlin Co., handles the market’s financials and marketing, while photographer-by-trade Paul Speed is doing interior remodeling work. The display spaces, which rent between 24 and 144 square feet, are nearly full, so the Speeds are repurposing space. Camp Flea has six part-time employees. Vendors, who sell farmhouse primitives to industrial salvage, are paid monthly, based on sales minus undisclosed rent and commissions.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 581-2575

Jersey Mike’s Subs
A second Springfield Jersey Mike’s Subs opened April 19 at 1008 E. Battlefield Road in a new building shared with tenants Pie Five Pizza Co. and Starbucks. Store Manager John Cochran said the sandwich shop cost $250,000 for equipment and franchise fees. Franchisee Craig Rankin brought the chain’s first store to town in August 2015 at 1903 S. Glenstone Ave. The newest Jersey Mike’s, at the site of a former Back Yard Burgers, employs about 15 people, Cochran said, and it caters for such local organizations as Missouri State University.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Phone: (417) 882-2474

SCS Home Entertainment
On April 15, SCS Home Entertainment moved into its fourth location, 3464 S. Campbell Ave., since starting in owner Larry Batson’s garage in 1990. Previously known as Springfield Central Systems, the company operated for 16 years at 4235 S. Charleston Ave., and in the 2010 acquisition of Stereo One, SCS moved to 2868 S. Glenstone Ave. in Brentwood Center South. Batson said property owner Jared Enterprises recently raised the rent, and construction of a new Tuesday Morning store challenged his business. SCS now pays $4,500 monthly rent in the Shamrock Center, where it downsized to 5,000 square feet from 8,000 square feet. Batson spent about $150,000 customizing the new showrooms. “I should be able to save that back in five years over what the rent difference is,” he said. SCS sells home and commercial televisions, sound systems and automation products.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 887-9558


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