Tomlinson Sales Co.

November 24, 2008

A little more about Tomlinson’s…

Filed under: General — andrew @ 2:05 pm

Welcome to the Tomlinson Sales Company Blog. Up until now, this blog has mostly been a place where I’ve posted copies of emails that I send out to our website customers and various other sales messages, but it’s going to be changing a little bit. I’ll still post copiese of those emails too – but I’m also going to start posting more local interest items on here. I’m going to start with a little bit about the history of Tomlinson’s.

Tomlinson Sales Company was started in the late 1920′s or early 1930′s. We still have discussions over the exact year that Tomlinson’s was started. I remember when I was younger that I heard that it was started in 1929, so that’s the year that I always tell people whenever they ask. But whatever the exact year was the story remains the same…Tomlinson’s was started by my great-grandfather Ulrich Tomlinson during the great depression. He put his entire life savings into this business – risked everything – and then the great depression hit. But thankfully Tomlinson’s survived. One of the first stores was in Hemingway, SC – at the same location that we’re at now:

We now have nine locations in South Carolina and North Carolina. Our main store is located in Florence, SC. In this store we sell everything from men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, toys, home decor, small appliances, bedding, and so much more. We also have locations in:

We also have a gift-shop in Sumter, SC called The Gift Garden. And in addition to all of those, we have a store in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Our current location in North Myrtle Beach is in the Surfwood Plaza shopping center on Highway 17 North – I say our current location because we are building a new store right down the road. The new store is expected to be ready very soon – we’ll probably be moving in shortly after Christmas. It’s a beautiful store – it’s got a nice brick exterior and on the inside is basically a blank slate. I’ve seen the plans of how the inside is going to look and it is going to be great – I can’t wait for this store to open. I’ll try to post some pictures of the new store soon.

So that’s a list of all of the current Tomlinson’s locations. We’ve been extremely fortunate throughout the years – I like to think that we’ve been fortunate because we’ve remained true to our roots. Tomlinson’s is still a very closely held, private company. We try to operate on a few basic principles:

  • Give the customer the best value around
  • Treat customers and employees like we would want to be treated

Value: We buy first-quality items from over 1,000 top manufactures and price them fairly. We don’t have fancy buildings and displays – we operate on very tight margins and pass the savings on to you. There are many items that we carry that we have the lowest price in the country on. When I hear our sales reps tell me that we need to raise our prices I always get a good feeling – knowing that we’re doing something right.

Customers and Employees: We know that none of what we do matters without you. That’s why we try to treat you, our loyal customers, in a way that my great-Grandfather would approve of. We offer a personal level of service that the big-box stores and mall department stores just can not match. We have knowledgable sales people who are there to help you. If you’re looking for something that we don’t have we will try to find it for you. The bottom line is that we are here to help. And that brings me to our employees – We have the best employees in the south. We love our employees and they love us. In fact, many of our employees have been working at Tomlinson’s for 10, 15, 20 years or more, which is a testament to the “family atmosphere” that we try to promote.

I haven’t mentioned myself yet, so I guess I should go ahead and do that…My name is Andrew Cannon. I’m the great-grandson of Ulrich Tomlinson and I live and work in Florence, SC. I’ve got a beautiful wife with two dogs and one child on the way. One of the things that I want to do with this blog is post a brief bio about some of us that work at Tomlinson’s, so I’ll save more information about me until then.

So there you have it – a brief history of Tomlinson’s. Keep checking back to this blog as I’ll be posting more about special deals that we have in the store, unique products, and anything that I think might be of interest to our local community. If you’re in the area of one of our stores please come visit us – you can find a list of all of our locations at and you can shop online at

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