Although he has managed to secure weekday spots at flea markets in Industry and Santa Fe Springs, without a coveted Sunday slot his income will be reduced by half, he said. “We’ve been doing the Pico swap meet for eight years,” said Solis, who lives in Pomona. “This is supposed to help me for college next year. Now I may not have enough for books and stuff.” Before the swap meet moved to the Sports Arena in 1999, it operated for 25 years at the corner of Whittier and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera. But officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the Fiesta Swap Meet property, earlier this year informed city officials that the swap meet had to go. According to the city’s contract with the agency, only “recreational activities” are allowed on the site. Apart from that, the city’s 15-year contract with Sports Arena concessionaire Ventura Productions ended Thursday. The city has approved a new, three-year, $750,000 contract with LEBA Inc. to run the arena. The swap meet was a once-a-week money generator for Christine and Dale Robertson, owners of Imperial Tire in South Gate. The couple sold sets of tires and offered discounted services and installation at their swap meet booth for three years – a practice that boosted their business by about 10 percent, Christine Robertson said. “We don’t sell a lot \ here but is helps bring in a lot of business,” she said. “I hate to see it end. This was a good year for us with the swap meet.” She said the company would try to obtain a space at the Industry swap meet but was afraid customers wouldn’t be willing to drive the extra distance. The Fiesta Swap Meet had attracted up to 15,000 shoppers a week, swap meet officials have said. But shopper Alfonso Guzman of La Mirada said he would be willing to travel further to find the kind of deals he found at the Fiesta, which he attended about twice a month. “I’ve been coming here for 10 years,” said Guzman, who often found cheap coffee beans in bulk and DVDs. “It’s always good. I know these vendors now. I’ll miss it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Affording college may be more difficult now for Antonio Solis, who made his last sale at the Fiesta Swap Meet on Thursday. For seven years, swap meet vendors set up shop every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the dusty parking lot of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Bicentennial Park, just west of the rumbling southbound lanes of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. But Thursday was the swap meet’s last day. Now, some 600 merchants will have to find other swap meets at which to make their livings. Solis, 19, helped run his family’s swap meet business, Tony’s Socks and Underwear.