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Peg, Where have you been? Traverse City, Michigan!!

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Hey, folks!  Sorry that I have been gone so long!  We started work in Traverse City on May 21 and just opened on Monday, July 2.  You all know Traverse City, home of the Cherry Festival and the Film Festival; the sandy  beaches of Traverse Bay; the sailboats and yachts floating by; and now - MERCHANDISE OUTLET!!

A little out of the mainstream of the resort area of Traverse City, down Garfield Avenue, heading towards the airport; you will find us lodged in between Sav-A-Lot and Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings.

The footprint of our store is very similar, with a little bit larger clothing area, but a little bit less in tools.  

We are so excited to start our new adventure in Traverse City.  We have been operating for about a week now.  Every person that I have spoken to in the new store have been so receptive to our coming to the neighborhood.  We hope to to add to our circle of friends, add a few more "Merch" addicts to our list.  Thanks for being so patient with us and make sure you come see us in Traverse City!

Gaylord - A venture to Northern Michigan

Our Gaylord store opened in 2001.  It is located in a plaza set back off Business 27.  We used to have Carter's grocery store and retail businesses down the strip of our plaza, but a lot of businesses have all moved out to M32.  We may not be out with the 4 lane traffic of [...]

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Meet Harrison.. A Tried and True Merchandise Outlet

Our Harrison store has been a staple in the community for 20 years... even more than that if you count when we were there the first time.  We were one of the very few general merchandise retailers in town.  We started downtown on Second Street for quite a few years in a small building.  Upon having difficulties [...]

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Meet our Stores... Mt. Pleasant, our flagship store...

Merchandise Outlet actually started out as Central Michigan Surplus in Shepherd in 1984.  Within 1 year, Doug and Keith purchased a corner lot in Mt. Pleasant on the corner of High Street and Bradley Street.  They then incorporated a company called Merchandise Outlet.  This became our first location of Merchandise Outlet, or more affectionately known [...]

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SO MUCH STUFF!!!!

When we come out of the holiday season, the stores can look pretty bare.  During Christmas shopping, we are so busy bagging and serving customers that merchandise can't get out fast enough.  Top that off with clearancing all that Christmas merchandise and winter goods - and that makes for some bare shelves for a few [...]

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Red White and Blue clearance!

Some of you may have heard about our Red White and Blue clearance sale but I wanted to introduce it to those of you who haven't and clarify to some others.The thing that we love to do more than anything else is to save you money!  You have seen that we have 20% off storewide [...]

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Food frenzy...

The holiday season is coming to a close.  I hope you all had a blessed Christmas season with your family and friends.  I know that I have (probably why it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post!).  In retail, Christmas comes early and it feels like it will never get here - then - [...]

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Shopping Experience at Merchandise Outlet

Do you remember our slogan from many years ago?"Unique Items, Unique Prices, Unique Shopping ExperienceI believe that each of our locations have their own personality. One of them is seasoned and knows how to get merchandise out fast; another one is young and fun and laid back; the next one has faced their challenges [...]

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Christmas Decorations!!

Don't you just love this time of year with all the Christmas lights everywhere?  The yards, the living rooms, the office buildings, hotel lobbies and store windows - all lit up and twinkling.   Some people go to town with decorations.  Have you ever seen the Griswald's?  But, what amazes me is how you can make such a [...]

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Plush... Stuffed Animals... Stuffies?

I think that I used to call them stuffed animals.  Then I started working with Merchandise Outlet and dealing with our wholesalers and always referred to them as plush.    Do you know what we would be talking about if we referred to "plush".  Anyway - all of those mean the same... plush,  stuffed animals, [...]

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