Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is family owned, not Amazon


The claim: Amazon bought the Fort Lauderdale swap store in Florida

Amazon has make a table of major commercial purchases through his history. Now, some social media users claim the e-commerce giant is adding an iconic Florida flea market to the list.

“It has been confirmed that AMAZON has purchased the SWAP SHOP,” reads the October 11Facebook Publish. “So enjoy the time we have before it’s leveled for AMAZON’s Enrichment Acenter (sic).”

The post was shared more than 2,000 times in one day and includes two photos of the Florida attraction.

But the allegation is baseless. Amazon said it has no plans to buy the popular flea market and tourist attraction. The founder’s will states that it cannot be acquired until at least 2037.

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USA TODAY has reached out to the user who shared the complaint for comment.

Amazon says the claim is false; founder’s will says Swap Shop cannot be sold until at least 2037

There are no credible report from Amazon buying the store in local media Or on Amazon’s website. The company said the allegation was false.

“We are not currently considering purchasing the (Swap Shop) property located on Sunrise Blvd,” Amazon spokesperson Owen Torres told USA TODAY.

Amazon bought land about 10 miles from the flea market in 2021, the Florida-based company reports real estate news site The Real Deal. It plans to use the 133-acre land to build a distribution center, according to the outlet.

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Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop founder Preston Henn added a stipulation to his will that family members taking over the business after his death should keep it for at least 20 years, as reported by The South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2013.

Henn died in 2017. Under the terms of his will, a potential purchase could not take place until at least 2037.

The Fort Lauderdale Swap Store could not be reached for comment on the claim.

Our opinion: False

Based on our research, we rate the claim that Amazon bought the Fort Lauderdale exchange store FALSE. Amazon said it has no plans to buy the popular flea market and tourist attraction. The founder’s will stipulates that it cannot be purchased until at least 20 years after his death, which occurred in 2017.

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