For general shopping, Lee County has all the standard offerings. You can find about anything you’re looking for somewhere in the area.
The Edison Mall, at Cleveland Avenue and Colonial in Fort Myers, is the central, big mall, featuring major anchor stores such as Sears, JCPenny, Dillard’s, Burdines, The Gap and a slew of others. There’s a Wal-Mart SuperStore five miles from the beach. Major supermarkets such as Winn-Dixie, Publix and Albertsons are 10 minutes or less from the beach. And at the Beach itself you’ll find the Topps Supermarket along with the newly opened Publix on the street side of Mid Island Marina and enough souvenir and T-shirt shops to go broke in.
Fleamasters’ Giant Flee Market at 4135 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers hosts more than 100 vendor’s shops, selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to silk flowers, kitchen utensils and life and casualty insurance. It’s open year-round every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 334-7001.
Ortiz Flee Market on Ortiz Boulevard east of Fort Myers is an outdoor bazaar emphasizing locally grown produce. There are vendors selling everything from old gramophone records to used jeans, new clothing and western wear. More old, American-made and campy stuff than Fleamasters. Open Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shoppers Village: Located at McGregor Boulevard and College Parkway in Fort Myers, it’s more a craft market than a flea market, but there’s also sportswear, jewelry, antiques and tools. Open Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.