The Smiley’s Vision
Smiley’s Markets & Malls was formed in 1984 by Ben Campen, Sr. He had a vision of providing a place where anyone and everyone can sell their merchandise at affordable prices to the public. Ben Sr had experience in the flea market business since 1975 and in the early 80’s he decided to build flea markets throughout the Southeast. When pondering a name for the flea markets he wanted something that would reflect a positive light on the business and the people that operated it. Smiley’s was the obvious choice. Contrary to what some people believe, his last name is not Smiley, but he will answer to it almost every time you see him.
That dream came true in the fall of 1984 in Fletcher, NC. Smiley’s opened its doors to a record crowd in the Fall of 1984. Starting on 20 acres and with just over 50,000 square feet of covered selling area, Smiley’s has now grown to well over 100,000 square feet, 700 outside selling spaces and an antique mall that is longer than a football field. Smiley’s Flea Market in Fletcher, NC is known as the best and biggest flea market in all of the Carolinas.
Expansion in Georgia
The following year Ben kept his dream alive and opened another flea market in Macon, GA. Smiley’s opened on July 4, 1985 on 30 acres. Starting with just two buildings totaling 18,000 square feet, it now consists of a facility on 60 acres and well over 100,000 square feet of covered selling stalls with 400 outside selling spaces. Smiley’s Flea Market in Macon, GA is Georgia’s Largest and Finest Flea Market.
A Family Affair
In the mid 1990’s Ben’s children, Ashley and Ben, Jr., began working for the family real estate business and Smiley’s Markets & Malls. Ben and Ashley have continued to follow the dreams and goals of their father and have grown the business to new heights. With their new ideas and exuberant energy, Smiley’s will continue to provide the best Flea Markets and Antique Malls in the Southeast.
Since 1985 Smiley’s Markets & Malls has grown to be known as the premier flea market the southeast. Smiley’s is constantly growing and striving to provide a successful venue for people to buy and sell affordable merchandise to the public.
Ben Campen Jr. is the president and managing partner of Smiley’s Markets & Malls.