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A whim led a local businessman to turn a well-known hobby shop into a mecca for deals on quality appliances.
“I was driving by one day and saw it was up for auction, so I decided to put in a bid,” said Downeast Liquidations owner Morkos Youssef. “I had to find something to do with it, and I’ve got a connection with two liquidation places — one out of Arizona and another from Chicago — that supply Samsung, LG, Frigidaire and other brands of overstock, customer returns and the scratch-and-dent flood models.”
Youssef opened a new burger and craft cocktail bar downtown last week, but he also operates two Brewmasters locations, Brewmasters Mobile for events, and he is building his real estate portfolio as well. “We have dishwashers, stoves, wall ovens, refrigerators, washers, dryers and over-the-range microwaves,” he said. “We also have liquidation pallets of overstock or customer returns with everything about 70% or 75% off the retail price.”
Youssef bought the former The Antique Barn and Hobby Shop at 2810 Forest Hills Road SW in the fall and opened Downeast Liquidations in December. While it is only open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays, he said business has been going well.
“I love bringing value to people, so they can get the same exact appliance they could a mile away, but they are getting it at more than half off the price,” he said. “Our clientele might not have a lot of money to work with, but that is how I grew up.”
With Contentnea Creek in the building’s backyard and the previous owner battling chronic flooding, some friends thought Youssef was a bit crazy for buying the property.
“Name one person in the entire world who has changed a thing by not taking a chance,” he said with a laugh. “This hobby shop was known throughout North Carolina, but it just went away. I’m young enough I can take some chances, and that is what I’m going to do.”
Visit facebook.com/downeastliquidations/ to learn more.
OMGoodness Pimento Cheese is doing a sock drive in Wilson and Nash counties. Co-owner Donna Flowers said new socks will be collected of any size or color through April 1 at three area businesses: Tig’s Courtyard at 109 Barnes St., Wilson Flowers & Market at 4017 Raleigh Road Parkway and Colonial House of Flowers in Brentwood Shopping Center. For more information, call 252-289-9809.
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