Chad's Outlet was established and has been in operation since 2012. We were formerly located in the "Blue"building on Panama City Beach. To keep up with changing times we have adjusted our business model to an online shopping experience versus a brick and mortar store. This allows us to further give you the consumer a quality product at a competitive price
Meet the owner:
Owner operator, Chad Roberts, spent much of his adult working career in Corrections. In 2012 he turned in his Warden's badge and moved back to Florida.
How it all started:
After a career in corrections, My wife and I moved to Panama City Beach. When shopping in a consignment store one afternoon, I saw a piece of driftwood for sell. The store clerk stated they would buy more driftwood but it is difficult to obtain. That's when I had an idea that started it all off. In 1889 President Cleveland land granted my ancestors some land in Wewahitchka, Fl to grow honey bees for tupelo honey. It is mostly swamp land and has been littered with driftwood over the years from flooding. My Dad and I gathered a load of driftwood, brought it back to the consignment store and sold it to the clerk. I stopped at another place not far from the consignment store known as Back Beach Thrift. A man in his 70's was the owner and I asked if he was interested in buying driftwood as well. He did. After several visits to Back Beach Thrift the owner asked if I was ever interested in owning a thrift store. He was ready to retire. My wife and I had a long chat about the thought of taking on a thrift store. We said yes, as I have always had a passion for buying and re selling and thought what's the worst that can happen. Chad's Outlet was born. Now 8 years later am starting this new venture as an online venue.