The line of eager shoppers flowed into the parking lot at the recent grand reopening of the Burkes Outlet store on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Even Bigfoot attended the festive event.
Store Manager Charlotte Hawley was thrilled to welcome guests along with city and county officials at the McDowell Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting.
“It’s great to see so many people from the community here to support us and we are thrilled to continue serving McDowell County residents with even better brands and pricing in our new store,” Hawley said. “I am very proud of my staff for working so hard and we are excited to be in our location as neighbors with Ingles.”
Bright red department signs, high-gloss floors, and smiling faces could be seen throughout the store. Customers can find everything from handbags to baby items. The new home decor section has the latest fall fashions and trendy farm-style items as well as accent furniture and housewares featuring top brands.
Chamber Board Chair Walt Bagwell presented Hawley and Regional Director Jim Ewing with commemorative scissors honoring their longtime commitment to the community and always striving to better serve their customers.
“We’re very thankful that you decided to invest and grow here in Marion,” said Bagwell. “Your new store is evidence of the hard work and dedication put in by you and your staff.”
Burkes Outlet recently upgraded its merchandise and expanded its offerings to new national brands in men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions, shoes, handbags, beauty, bed & bath, home, and plus size clothing. In line with the founding principles, Burkes strives to provide customers with name brand products at 70% savings. The stores are designed to serve customers of all ages and income levels with the greatest assortment of merchandise.
The company has a long history and made a name for itself in Florida as the working people’s store. Opened in 1915 by Robert M. Beall Sr. at 22 years of age, The Dollar Limit opened as a dry goods store in the small pioneer community of Bradentown (now Bradenton), Fla. He stocked the shelves of that first store using his entire savings of $2,500 and nothing cost more than a $1. Inflation following World War I drove prices up to $5 and changed the name to Five Dollar Limit. Through the years the company experienced steady growth as generation after generation of the Beall family put their own unique stamp on the business. The Burkes Outlet concept was launched in 1987 under the leadership of E.R. Beall (Robert Beall’s son) who had become intrigued with the outlet businesses popping up throughout North Carolina. Today there are more than 500 Burkes Outlet stores across the United States.
Visit the new store located at 655 W. Henderson Street, Marion and it can be reached by phone at 828-291-1454 or online at burkesoutlet.com.