Where We Started
E.C. Barton & Company’s story began in 1885 at a grocery store in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After years of selling lumber as a sideline item to groceries, founder P.C. Barton eventually sold the grocery store and incorporated Barton Lumber & Brick. His son, E.C. Barton, grew the business by acquiring additional lumberyards.
Following the introduction of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 1975, the company experienced significant growth, including its development of the Barton's and Surplus Warehouse brands and with the acquisition of Grossman’s Bargain Outlet in 2006. In 2020, the Surplus Warehouse and Bargain Outlet brands were transitioned into the Home Outlet brand. In 1993 the company became 100% Employee Owned.
Who We Are Today
Today, E.C. Barton & Company continues to be an employee-owned national building materials retailer that offers quality home improvement products and solutions at the guaranteed lowest price to help customers achieve their dreams. The company operates three divisions, Barton’s, Home Outlet, and E.C.B. Brokerage - with over 100 locations in 17 different states from upstate New York to south Texas.
Our Customer Service Representatives
We are an employee-owned company, so when you speak to a customer service representative, you're speaking with an owner. Not only that, our representatives stay with us for an average of 8.5 years, so they've been a part of a lot of projects. We have a vested interest in providing our customers with experienced advice and top-quality service—including FREE design counsel—as you work to build, remodel or restore your kitchen, bath, flooring, doors, or windows. You’ve done the research and planned for your new space, let our knowledgeable representatives help you find the perfect product to help you make your dream space a reality.
To achieve first-rate project advice and service, we’ve hired the best and we are open to serve you Monday through Saturday. As a commitment to providing you with this level of service and to promote the well-being of our customer service representatives and their families, we are closed on Sunday. We are always open, online at homeoutlet.com.
We will offer quality home improvements products and solutions combined with knowledgeable and friendly service at the guaranteed lowest price to help our customers achieve their dreams.
Our Community Involvement
Our customer service representatives are proud that we’ve been serving communities across the country for over 135 years. And we all believe that our commitment to our neighbors goes far beyond the walls of our stores. We’re honored to be able to support health and wellness, education and other philanthropic initiatives by collaborating with charitable organizations in all the communities where we live and work.