Kobey’s Swap Meet started in 1976 at the old Midway Drive-In Theater.
Founded by Monte Kobey who learned the Business in Phoenix, AZ at the Funk Greyhound Racing Tracks (Phoenix Park N Swap )
In August of 1980 Monte was given the opportunity to move down the street to the newly built San Diego Sports Arena.
During the 1980’s Kobey’s transformed into a destination for tourists and San Diegans alike. Kobey’s became the 3rd busiest tourist attraction after the Zoo & Sea World.
Tragically in 1989 Monte Kobey passed away due to complications from a Blood Transfusion and his Daughter Kimberly Kobey Pretto and Son-In-Law Charles Pretto took over the entire operation.
Over the years Kobey’s has evolved & changed so that it maintained the notation of being the premier Swap Meet in San Diego County. For the past 10 years Kobey’s has been voted San Diego’s BEST Swap Meet by the readers of the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper.
We continue to occupy the parking lot at the San Diego Sports Arena with a selling capacity of approximately one thousand (1,000) vendors. Holding to the belief that diversity is a good thing,
Over the years Kobey’s has evolved into an experiential shopping experience that not only attracts diverse Shoppers & Vendors, but Kobey’s hosts over 20 specialty events annually. Kobey’s hosts Vintage Alley the Last Saturday of Each Month , Kobey’s Sneaker & Vintage Clothing Swap Meet which is attract over 10,000 shoppers and 300 sneaker & Vintage Clothing vendors from across the United States. Additionally, Kobey’s Hosts Car Shows , Non-Profit Days and Blood Drives.
Kobey’s offers the Shopper a mixture of new and used items. We do, however, have prohibited merchandise and certain items which must conform with all governmental specifications.
Kobey’s is in operation every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Shopper’s hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kobey’s Swap Meet draws approximately 20,000 shoppers weekly & Over 1,000 Sellers Weekly.
Kimberly is the youngest daughter of Monte Kobey, founder of Kobey’s Swap Meet. She currently serves as President & CEO of The Kobey Corporation, operators of the Swap Meet. Kimberly has been responsible for overseeing the entire operation since she became president in 1988.
Born & Raised in Phoenix, AZ Kimberly learned the Flea Market business as a young girl from her grandfather and family as they owned & operated the Funk Family Greyhound Racetracks all throughout Arizona.
Kimberly moved to San Diego alongside her father Monte who took over the San Diego Midway Swap Meet in 1975.
Kimberly graduated San Diego State University with a degree in Business Management. Kimberly then took over the lead role of the family business when her father Monte was diagnosed with AIDS from a blood transfusion while undergoing a heart surgery. He tragically passed away in 1989.
Under Kimberly’s management Kobey’s has become San Diego’s Largest Outdoor Marketplace. Kobey’s operation has been vote San Diego’s Best Swap Meet for the last 10 years by the readers of the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper.
Kimberly is married to Charles Pretto, Kobey’s Executive Vice President & Legal Counsel. Kimberly & Charles reside in Mission Beach and have two Children Anthony Pretto & Elizbeth Kerekes
Charles is the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Kobey Corporation.
Charles was raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to San Diego, CA to attend the University of San Diego. He earned his BA in 1980, MBA 1982 and JD in 1985.
Charles is responsible for oversee all the Corporate & Legal affairs for The Kobey Corporation.
Additionally, Charles has served for numerous Community & Non-Profit organizations. Charles is a Past President of the San Diego Rotary Club which is one of the largest Rotary clubs in the world. Charles will serve as District Governor for Rotary District 5340 during 2022-2023.
Charles has been married to Kimberly Kobey Pretto since 1984. Kim & Charles reside in Mission Beach and they have two grown children Anthony Pretto & Elizabeth Kerekes.
Christopher joined Kobey’s in 1980 when moved to San Diego from Phoenix, AZ. Chris has worked every position at Kobey’s from Setup – Cashiering – Clean Up. Chris learned the Swap Meet business alongside Monte Kobey
Currently Chris acts as the General Manager for Kobey’s Swap Meet. Chris Oversees a staff of approximately 40 employees that work for Kobey’s Swap Meet. Chris responsibilities include leading the setup crew of the swap meet, the customer service team and assisting the vendor reservations staff.
Additionally Chris acts as Kobey’s liaison to San Diego Sports Arena Management by attending weekly production meetings.
Chris resides in Ocean Beach, CA
Vice President of Operations
Anthony was “Born into Kobey’s!” Anthony first position at Kobey’s was acting as the Poster Child for the family business by acting as the Model in its Born to Shop Advertising Campaigns in the Late 1980’s.
Currently Anthony serves as the Vice President of Operations for Kobey’s Swap Meet. His Parents, Kimberly & Charles Pretto serve as the company’s President & Executive Vice President respectively.
Anthony was born & raised in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate & lifer of Francis Parker School. Anthony was a part of the first CIF Football Championship as a senior in 2005.
Anthony joined the family business in 2008 and has taken a true passion to learn the entire operation alongside his parents.
Anthony currently oversees all Kobey’s Specialty Swap Meet which include Kobey’s Vintage Alley & Kobey’s Sneaker & Vintage Clothing Swap Meet. The Sneaker & Vintage Clothing Swap Meet has grown to become one of the largest in the United States.
Anthony resides in El Cajon and is Married to Mariangela Pretto and they have identical twins Sofia & Isabella.
Director of Sales
Joseph Pretto has been a member of the Kobey’s Management team since 1988. Joe currently serves as the Direct of Seller Operations for Kobey’s Swap Meet
Joe is the youngest brother of Charles Pretto. Joesph was born & raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to San Diego in the Late 1980’s to work alongside his brother Chuck at Kobey’s.
Joe is a very experienced member of the Kobey’s Team. Joe has worked in many positions at Kobeys that include Setup, Tear Down, Equipment Rentals & Cashiering. Today Joe leads a team of 4 individuals that sell all the vendor reservations at Kobey’s
Joe manages Kobey’s Point of Sale Reservation System “Booth Tracker” to assure that Kobey’s always has a wide range of diverse sellers offering the largest products for it’s customers.
Joesph resides in San Carlos with his mother & dog Teddy.