When the truckloads of overstock and closeout merchandise arrive weekly, Worldwide Surplus has no clue what will be inside.
“When the trailers get here, it’s like Santa Claus coming. With so many furniture stores, you see a display and have to order it, but here, what you see is what you get,” said Harold Hood, who settled into business after years of working mostly in sales.
Since the liquidation business opened in 1992, it has spanned through as many as 10 buildings that once comprised the Gulf Ordnance Plant during World War II.
“We have customers from Jackson, Birmingham, Nashville, Little Rock and everywhere in between and people love this atmosphere. I tell them we don’t have air conditioning or heat, but I don’t charge them for it either,” Hood said.
Worldwide Surplus sells a little bit of everything, but its main focus is on furniture, mattresses and box springs. The business also carries an assortment of tables, headboards and bedroom suits. Hood purchases products, which may have slight imperfections or older patterns, in addition to the overstock and closeout goods, from companies such as Ashley, J.C. Penny and World Imports. Although the building materials arm of Worldwide Surplus closed a couple of years ago, products like metal swimming pool liner and insulated panels are still available for a variety of projects.
Ray Van Dusen, Monroe Journal
• Est.: 1992
• Owner: Harold Hood
• Address: 10013 Water Tank Road, Prairie
• Phone: (662) 369-2747
• Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Website: www.worldwidesurplusinc.com