ABOUT LONGLEAF ANTIQUE AND FLEA MALL
For several years we would take a weekend and visit antique malls in central Alabama to shop and enjoy the memories associated with the hundreds of items you would see. We often wondered why Alexander City didn’t have a similar store. With the loss of a job in 2001 we started exploring the opportunity to open an antique/flea mall in Alexander City. We would still visit local antique stores not only in central Alabama but also Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. We didn’t visit just to shop and look but also to study their setup and talk with the owners about running an antique/flea mall. Armed with a wealth of information on how to setup and run an antique/flea mall we decided to take the next step and look for possible locations around Alexander City. After studying several locations, we decided the best location would be the Alex City Shopping Center. Now we had to decide on a possible name for our business and this was probably the hardest decision to reach. After much debate we finally decided to name our new business Longleaf Antique and Flea Mall, Inc. Our name comes from the Southern Longleaf Pine (Pinus Palustris Miller) which was designated by the State of Alabama as the state tree in 1949. During the early history of Alabama, the Southern Longleaf Pine was abundant in our area and provided a much needed resource in the way of jobs and building material for the homes and factories that would help form this part of Alabama.
After two plus years of planning we were set to open for business in Alexander City. We finally opened our doors on July 1, 2004. We currently occupy two buildings with a total of 34,000 square feet, over 200 booths and over 100 different vendors. We are located in the Alex City Shopping Center which is approx. 1 mile off US HWY 280. There is ample parking and our buildings are heated and cooled with wide aisles for ease of shopping. We are a member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and been voted best antique mall by the Alex City Outlook for 10 years.