Well, it seems like all Black & Decker Factory Outlet stores are closing, with many stores already closed.
My father is quite the fan of Black & Decker outlet stores, and you know what, I can see why. I visited one of the outlets in Reading PA a couple of months ago on my way home from somewhere, and it was a nice outing. There was a nice selection of Stanley hand tools and tool boxes, and the prices seemed reasonable. Actually, it seems like there were many more Stanley tools than Black & Decker-branded ones.
I remember going with my father to buy a Black & Decker Workmate at an outlet store years ago. It’s still in great condition and I like to borrow it every now and then. The stand is maybe 12-18 years old, and I believe there’s a made in Canada label somewhere on it.
Be warned – now that the stores are closing, there’s some funky pricing going on. My father, who gave me the heads-up that 3 regional locations are closed or closing, reported that the price on an outdoor extension cord he picked up a couple of weeks ago has increased. Great, so the liquidators are offering a discount on remaining stock but first raised the prices.
Will anyone really miss the B&D outlet stores? Yes. Will B&D lose any business? Probably not. I imagine that sales at these locations just weren’t enough to keep the outlets open in today’s world.