The retail industry is practically in Carl Kirkland's blood. The co-founder was raised in his family's clothing store in Union City, TN. At a young age, he was put in charge of the Boy Scout department and had his first hands-on experience merchandising. In 1966, Carl opened a franchised gift shop in Old Hickory Mall in Jackson, TN where he perfected his ability to find and merchandise stylish items at even more stylish prices. At about the same time, Carl's cousin, Robert Kirkland, did the same in Nashville, TN. Both men found success with their down-to-earth business model: offer customers trendy items at great prices. Then, keep new and unique products flowing into the store to please the customer with fresh ideas for her home.
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