Local shoppers can find some great deals on name-brand products at newly opened Walker’s Discount. The store, located in Trojan Plaza on Highway 27, is family-owned and family-operated.
“I consider it to be an upscale variety store that offers discounted prices on name-brand, quality products. You won’t find any off-brand products here,” says Blake Arp, owner of Walker’s Discount.
Arp, 28, opened Walker’s Discount in December. In addition to being a business owner, Arp also rides in national and international rodeo circuits. He says he named the store after his son, Walker.
“I’ve always believed in taking pride in your work, and I want to be able to teach that to my son,” says Arp. “I hope this store will thrive, and that he can take over later on when he’s older.”
Walker’s Discount carries many items shoppers might typically find inside larger local retail stores.
“Our items are the same as you’ll find in major retailers like Walmart, but for half the price,” says Arp. “There are some variety stores in Carrollton, but none of them have the items we do. We stock our shelves with name-brand, quality merchandise. You can find a lot of Dollar General stores around this area, but all of their products are Dollar General brand.”
Arp says his selection mainly includes everyday necessity items like health and beauty products.
“We focus on the everyday items people look for, but we also have unbeatable deals on cosmetics,” says Arp. “We have very high-end, name-brand cosmetics for half the price you’ll pay at a large retailer.”
Arp says his inventory is constantly changing, which is part of the business slogan his store adheres to.
“Promise nothing, but expect anything,” says Arp. “What we mean by that is we’re always getting new items in, so we invite our customers to stop by and see what we have in stock from time to time.”
In addition to everyday items, Walker’s Discount also carries electronics, toys, stun-guns, smart watches, tablets, name-brand perfumes, and colognes.
“People can follow our Facebook page to see what kind of new shipments we have in stock,” says Arp.
He says the key to his business’ success is offering quality products at a fair price.
“Believe it or not, I got this business you see today started by buying and selling chickens,” says Arp. “That might sound funny, but I consistently managed to find and sell quality items for a fair price, and it eventually grew into what it is today. I owe much of what I’ve been able to accomplish to my family and friends who helped motivate me to reach my goal of owning my own store.”
Arp said he owes much his success to his friend, Cody Pringle, who owns Deals For Dollars in Newnan.
“I’ve always wanted to open my own store, and Cody really helped me do that by keeping me motivated and really pushing me to follow through with it,” says Arp. “He’s always told me how much he believes in me, and that I can achieve anything if I work hard enough.”
Arp says he has plans to open a new location in the west Georgia area soon.
“Our business is growing because we maintain a Christian-based operation, which promotes positive attitudes, and a love for serving our customers,” says Arp. “We’re not trying to get rich, but we do want to prosper and make a good, honest living. We want to offer something to the community that people need. You can save a lot of money shopping here, get the same items, and spend much less.”
Walker’s Discount is located at 909 D South Park Street in Carrollton and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.
To learn more about Walker’s Discount, visit their Facebook page, or call 770-834-2219.