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Halloween feels like the start of the party in the retail world.  We have gone through so many pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, and witches, and ghosts, and ghouls.

The girls in Cadillac are ready for trick-or-treaters!

The girls in Gladwin have donned the black and orange to welcome all the ghouls.

The girls in Gaylord are set up in their party garb ready to have a good time for Halloween!

Now there's a REAL party going on in Harrison.

The Mancelona crew shows a little of their dark side as they scare up some good deals.

And the Lewiston crew has gone all out to show their true colors!

But then comes reality, a fact of life when it comes to Halloween in Michigan...

Bring it on Mother Nature!  We are now ready.

It's a party in Lewiston!

Merchandise Outlet added Lewiston to our family in the spring of 2015.  If you don't know Lewiston, it is a small community nestled within lakes and forestry and trails that are superb for summer cottaging and winter snowmobiling.  It is a little town in the midst of a few other little towns, basically lying between [...]

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Round and round we go!

When I was hired as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Merchandise Outlet, the immediate challenge was to find homes for wheelchairs. Having grown up in the Merchandise Outlet family I was very familiar with the oddities of some of the items in the stores. But I certainly was not expecting the revolving door of wheelchairs [...]

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Truckload after truckload after truckload!

We have a lot more merchandise coming in these last few weeks.  This means that our customers are seeing loads of brand new items getting the shelves as quickly as our crew can get them out.  We will discuss a bit about our supply process to show you how this happens.  Merchandise Outlet is a [...]

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Life in Retail...

There is no other industry quite like Retail.  As you can see from the lapse in my blog - starting September is a race of endurance with very little free time.  Everyone is back in the school schedule and settling down and you would think that we would be too.  No, not really.  Really, the [...]

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Hello, Mancelona!

Our Mancelona store opened in the spring of 2016.  The 9000 square feet of store gives us plenty of room to load up the front with clothing and have plenty of room throughout the store for loads of treasures.  The bright lights and open space lend for sparkle and the staff bring the rest of [...]

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

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 - [...]

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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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