Military items and more at Bullard

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

Working a third shift job and having a desire to spend more time with his family, Brandon Bullard decided he wanted to be home at night.

So he opted to start a business out of his house, selling items pertaining to the military, tactical gear and supplies used for camping. After just a few short months the business had grown and a new space was needed. With a vacant spot available at 27 West Main, Suite 400, in Thomasville, Bullard Surplus and Tactical Supply moved into its new home.

“I have a friend that opened up a store four years ago and he has done well,” said Bullard. “He talked me into doing one and we started selling out of our house a few months before we opened here.”

Bullard Surplus and Tactical Supply held its grand opening June 14, introducing Thomasville residents to a new kind of store in the area. Military items are primarily featured, but there are several other items available. The store carries backpacks, MRE's, clothing, survival gear, camping equipment, Airsoft guns, ammo cans, books, movies, stickers, survival kits and more.

“Our inventory changes all the time,” said Brandon's wife Stephanie. “We are a new business, so we are constantly going to be getting new merchandise all the time. Weekly we will have something new in the store that people can come in and check out.”

Though not personally serving in the military, both Brandon and Stephanie have family members who have served. Brandon has a brother serving in the Air Force and Stephanie has grandparents that were involved with the Korean War.

At the grand opening, Stephanie's grandfather Matthew Ferguson – a Korean War Veteran – was invited to sing the national anthem. Just a few days before the event, he was diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy treatment. That did not stop the 83-year-old from being a part of the special day. Driven by pride through his service to the country and a desire to honor his granddaughter's request, Ferguson mustered up enough strength to not only attend, but deliver a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“He came and did not feel the greatest and was weak, but it meant that much to him to be a part of our special day,” said Stephanie. “It meant a lot to me.”

The Bullard's are also showing their appreciation to those who have served through giving. They are donating more than five percent of the proceeds from the grand opening to the Davidson County Honor Guard.

Additionally, inside the store is a wall of honor that displays photos of military men and women to recognize them for their contributions to the country.

“We tell people about our tribute wall and tell them that if they are currently in the military or are a veteran, they can bring us a picture to put on our wall,” Stephanie said. “It is just something I wanted to personally do to acknowledge those that served our country.”

Bullard Surplus and Tactical Supply is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and opens on Saturday's from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bullardsurplusandtactical for more information and specials.