From the JTF Front Office:
The Cordish Company are the owners of the Joppatowne Plaza. Redners Markets is one of the vendors renting store frontage. They are currently embroiled in a court battle over leasing issues. Unfortunately, Redners has targeted the Amish at the Joppatowne Flea Market trying to get them to close. They state that the Amish are costing them lost revenues, however 3 yrs ago prior to the Flea Market opening this plaza was a ghost town. Most local Joppa residents didn’t even shop at the Redners. They were losing money and the area sat deserted. The market opened and it revitalized the whole area benefiting everyone including Redners who has seen increased traffic and business since it began. All the vendors at the flea market the Amish included have done all they can to support all the local businesses Redners included. In fact as can be proven with their weekly receipts the Amish alone spend as much as $4000.00 a week on gas and groceries at Redners.
The Amish are being used as a tug of war between two corporations and their livelihoods are at risk. But they are not the only innocent victims of this story, the market has become an integral part of the community. They support all local charities, allow for citizens who are on fixed incomes to set up a table to supplement their meager incomes, or to shop for items at lower prices to save money, they are a local gathering place for the senior citizens who have limited mobility but need to continue being social, and they have presented citizens with an opportunity to own their own business providing jobs in a difficult economy.
The impact of the loss of the Amish market will be far reaching in a community that is rebuilding and feeling revitalized. To combat this action the community has organized a petition drive that has collected several thousand signatures calling for a boycott of ALL Redners stores and Saturday 6/22/13 they are rallying to protest with signs picketing the Redners market hoping that these measures will allow their voices to be heard.
Redner’s Joppatowne Opinion and Order
Notice of Appeal