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Outlet stores best-kept secret in Walterboro

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There is a business in Walterboro that many local citizens refer to as the best kept secret in Walterboro because people can by quality clothing within its walls at a fraction of the price that they could purchase similar items within retail stores.

Carolina Textiles, located at 68 Anderson Road in Walterboro’s well-established industrial area, has been open locally since 1995. The business specializes in selling new and slightly used clothing at fantastic prices.

The business opened here with no intentions of selling clothing to the public. “We opened in 1995, and had no intentions of selling to the public, but we received a rather large outcry from local citizens and soon began to do so,” said business owner Brad Grossman. “Since that time, we have expanded three times.” Brad runs Carolina Textiles with the help of his wife, Lisa.

Brad noted his business only sells top-quality clothing. “We buy used clothing across the southeast and then recycle and sell them. We deal with only the very best quality in name brands, and we sell only about one percent of all we go through.” He added he has begun to receive store returns from the JC Penny store chain. “We have got thousands and thousands of garments that are store returns, and this is brand new clothing. We hope to keep this going.”

Brad is the third generation within his family to inherit the business. “My grandfather started the business just after the Great Depression in Columbus, Ohio,” he said. “The business was all recycling, and included textiles, paper, metal, and plastic… just about everything.”

Brad said he moved the company to Walterboro over 17 years ago because it’s close proximity to the ports in Charleston. “At that time, we were mainly exporting clothing to third-world countries, and we needed the ports in Charleston to do so.” Brad noted his business still engages in some overseas exporting, but its main focus is the production of industrial rags.

As the business has evolved into what it is today, Brad is proud of his accomplishments. “Our main business is the production and selling of industrial wiping rags across the country, the outlet store is just really a small part of the overall operation. But this business is important to the people of Walterboro, who can purchase quality clothing at a good price. It is also important because the people employed at the business are local. We also bank here and keep our money here. This is not a corporate thing.”

Lisa, who works in the production area of the business side-by-side with her co-workers, said, “We are trying to provide our community by keeping our prices low. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me why we don’t charge more for our clothing. We just want to help out by keeping our prices low.”

“Around Thanksgiving, we gave away 6,000 coats within this county and also in neighboring counties,” Goodman said. “We do this every year, and give people in need two free coats and also give them the option of buying a third coat for a dollar.”