4-store Southern retailer adds Atlanta outlet

4-store Southern retailer adds Atlanta outlet

ATLANTA — Stock & Trade Design Co., which operates four retail galleries, has added an outlet store here to sell excess inventory and new value-priced merchandise.

The 50,000-square-foot Stock & Trade Outlet on Collier Road NW, which is open every Tuesday through Saturday, is in the center of the city’s interior design shopping area of Buckhead, West Midtown, AmericasMart and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

Inside the Stock & Trade outlet in Atlanta.

The decision to open an outlet to complement the retail locations in Destin, Fla.; Birmingham and Spanish Fort, Ala.; and Nashville, Tenn., was born out Stock & Trade’s growth, said Michael Carey, founder and president of Encore Brands, which is the parent company of Stock & Trade, Jes & Gray Living, Atelier Home, Encore Home and Rockford Wholesale.

“As retail businesses grow, so does its inventory,” said Carey. “There has to be a valve to sell excess merchandise and a place to move opportunity buys quickly. Outlet concepts give businesses that opportunity to move through value-priced goods faster.

“In addition, we are always inspired by new designs and trends, and we look for opportunities to introduce new goods to our customers yet still sell existing inventory.”

One other factor resonating now is the price-consciousness of consumers, he said. “We feel consumers are demanding more affordable goods and we want to give our client a way to buy beautiful products at great prices.”

The company already had designers it worked with in Atlanta, which helped with the decision on where to locate the outlet, said Carey. “We believed our Atlanta design clientele would love the opportunity to service their design client. So far, our design community has shown us support for this type of business.”

Additionally, Atlanta is centrally located among the retail locations, which are providing some of the inventory for the outlet. And the architecture of the Altanta location, he said, “is fantastic for a fast-paced business like an outlet.”

There are currently no plans for an additional outlet, said Carey, “but we like to remain fluid and flexible to the needs of the business.”

One new project he is involved with is the creation of Harlan’s Place, a 60-unit housing development for adults with Down syndrome. The launch of Harlan’s Place Foundation, a 501(c)3, was inspired by Carey’s son, Harlan, who has Down syndrome. Harlan’s Place will be located on the same property as Stock & Trade Design’s flagship store in Florida.

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