The exterior of Bargainmart
seen Tuesday afternoon in West Bend. The store
opened July 30 and offers an array of products
including food, clothing, furniture and more.
Photos by John
WEST BEND - Shoppers will find a bargain or two tucked
away on Chestnut Street. No, that’s a typo. They will
find tons of bargains.
Bargainmart opened July 30 and the store’s owners
guarantee their prices are lower than any other store,
including Amazon. Along with keeping more money in
customers’ wallets, the owners want community members to
come in and enjoy shopping.
“They are Bargainmart, they help us grow,” co-owner Brad
Moran said of the customers. Employees engage with the
customers, joke around and have a good time, he said.
“We don’t want them just to shop, we want them to have
fun and shop.”
Moran, West Bend, along with Josh Frigge, Kewaskum, and
Donald Fletchinger of Hartford, own the store. They are
There is another Bargainmart in Jackson and the trio
will open one in Fond du Lac at the end of September or
in early October, Frigge said.
“It’s a variety store with fantastic deals,” he said.
“We beat any big box stores out there. We scan our
products and make sure they beat all others.”
Employee Alyssa Bruss works on
stocking the shelves at Bargainmart Tuesday
afternoon in West Bend.
Photos by John
building at 325 Chestnut St. was once the Restore. It
was vacant when they purchased it April 15. The owners
painted, replaced flooring and made it look nice because
it wasn’t in the best shape.
There are four employees and so far business has been
“great, it’s fabulous,” Frigge said.
Tuesday’s inventory included health and beauty, food,
books, DVDs, name-brand furniture, mattresses, laptops,
toys, vacuum cleaners and more.
Bargainmart has a few business relationships with
companies throughout the United States and the owners go
to auctions where they sell merchandise that Bargainmart
didn’t sell. They use that money to buy new merchandise.
offer the best deals anywhere from what we have and we
have a variety of merchandise,” Frigge said. “The
coolest things in the store are the products and the
atmosphere. We really engage with our customers.”
Some items are overstocks and some packages are slightly
damaged but the products are not compromised, employee
Alyssa Bruss of West Bend said Tuesday while stocking
said she enjoys coming to work and “it’s the best job
I’ve ever had — not just for the money or the hours.”
Bruss said it’s a fun environment for employees and
customers and the owners are hands-on. She suggests
people come in often as stock changes daily.
“It’s like an ever-changing rummage sale,” Moran said.
Aimee Block of West Bend smiles
as she adds candy to her cart while pushing a vacuum
around she intends to purchase while shopping with
her 3-year-old daughter Alexis and Eileen Clauer of
West Bend at Bargainmart Tuesday afternoon in West
Photos by John
owners often see photos of what they are buying, but
they also purchase goods by the pallet. “We don’t know
what’s in the boxes and it’s like Christmas morning
every day,” Moran said.
Bargainmart will have a grand opening celebration Sunday
through Aug. 23. A local church will have hot dogs and
burgers for sale as a fundraiser. There will be in-store
specials, including a raffle for a 1985 Honda Spree
Fletchinger lived in Georgia when he was 18 or 19 and
moved to Washington County on Halloween 2013 to help
raise his grandson. He and Frigge had business ventures
in Georgia and the venture with Moran and Frigge has
get along pretty good, everybody has the best interest
at heart and it works out pretty well,” Fletchinger
said. Business is good as customers realize the benefits
of shopping there.
“Because they want brand names and they want to save
money,” he said.
Five-year-old Abby Schneider was having an enjoyable
time shopping with family Tuesday. “It’s cool, it’s got
kid’s stuff,” she said while holding the stuffed animal
she was waiting to put in her cart.
Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and
10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is parking
behind the store.
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