The claim: Amazon bought the Fort Lauderdale swap store in Florida
“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
“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.
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.
Our fact-checking sources:
- WPLG Local 10, accessed October 15, Search for articles
- Owen Torres, October 14, email to USA TODAY
- Amazon, accessed October 13, Press release search
- The South Florida Sun Sentinel, accessed October 13, Search for articles
- The Real Deal, August 31, 2021, Amazon pays $85 million for Sunrise fulfillment center site
- The South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 1, 2017, Iconic Swap Shop bequeathed to family: ‘It’s in the will,’ founder says
- The South Florida Sun Sentinel, December 10, 2013, Preston Henn moves on after $5.5 million forfeit settlement
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