Our History

In 1974 Michael Tullock was still in high school when he decided to launch his own business “The Bargain Barn” which was located in the back of his parents’ antique shop in Etowah, Tenn.

While Tullock’s parents Doug and Carol drove the family station wagon to the Stokely-Van Camp plant to purchase cases of canned goods, Michael was busy minding the store after school. Within a few weeks, Tullock’s grocery business had driven out the antiques. With $1,000 allotted by his parents the business was off and running.

43 years and 38 (and growing) stores later, the company has become a growing chain. The corporate charter of Bargain Barn, Inc. still remains today but has developed store names of United Grocery Outlet and Grocery Outlet from an acquisition of stores in North Carolina. We are currently the largest closeout grocery company east of the Mississippi.

As the company continues to grow and expand, Michael Tullock's family owned company is now a thriving privately held company. Michael Tullock currently sits on the board of directors. Bargain Barn, Inc.'s leadership is held by long-serving leaders: CEO - Gary Buchanan, COO - Don Whitted, and CFO - Lisa Bryson.

We currently employ over 900 associates in 6 states: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The Tullocks

Doug and Michael Tullock