Danny Hess began his career in sales by buying out yard sales and reselling the items for a profit. As his family grew, Hess graduated to selling items at the flea market.
In August 2005, Hess further expanded his sales business and opened Allstar Wholesalers at 235 Giles Industrial Park in Tazewell, Tenn. The large warehouse contains pallets of wholesale lots, surplus merchandise, warehouse overstocks, salvage merchandise, store liquidations, shelf pulls, store closeouts, and excess inventory items from most major retail stores. Hess currently has approximately 2,500 customers and is continuing to grow at an average of several new customers per week.
“We have a lot of repeat, happy customers because we treat them like family,” explained Hess. “Especially our local people, they are really important to us.”
Hess credits his success to not only the way he treats the customers but the quality of merchandise that he sales. Although the majority of the items are salvage, Hess takes care to not sale low or poor quality items to his customers.
“We try to protect our buyers,” explained Hess.
Hess has three full time employees who help him with the day-to-day operations. Eric McDonald has been at Allstar Wholesalers for seven years — essentially since the business was open. Hess says he treats his employees like family too and knows that the business would not be successful without their help.
In order to shop at the warehouse, customers must have a state issued tax certificate. Sales are on a cash only basis and all sales are final. Allstar is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and appointments are not necessary.
For more information visit www.allstarwholesalers.com, their Facebook page or call Hess at 423-626-8160.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached at 606-302-9100.