As 2018 came to a close, the Santo Tomas Swap meet in Calexico remained partially open in the wake of the devastating Dec. 8 fire, the cause of which officials had yet to determine.
The fire forced total closure for nearly two weeks, shutting off revenue to vendors at the busiest time of the year.
Roughly 30 vendors were allowed to showcase their products starting Dec. 21. They were located on the south side of the swap meet adjacent to Highway 98. The area where dozens of booths were destroyed by the blaze remained closed.
More and more people were getting aware of the soft opening and have begun coming to buy, a swap meet official said.
“We have opened the parking section as a place for merchants to sell their stuff and we are working with city officials to gradually open the sections that were not affected by the fire when the city inspectors tell us is safe,” said Juan Carlos Gonzalez, general manager of Santo Tomas.
Santo Tomas is open daily.