Ernie Sullins began his business in 1970. By 1972, he had a small storefront on Pendelton Street in Marion, Virginia, selling discounted jeans for the working man (and woman). Over the years Mr. Sullins bought samples, closeouts, and irregular garments from manufacturers throughout the country and offered them to the consumer at far below retail prices.
He was one of the first clothing retailers who began offering his garments at outlet prices. Soon thereafter, Ernie Sullins Clothing became one of the largest discount jean retailers selling children’s, women’s, and men’s clothing, and hard to find sizes not offered at other retail locations.
Predominantly a men’s clothing store, Ernie Sullins Clothing carries all the classics: jeans, casual & polo shirts, western wear, sports coats, suits, and dress shirts in every color imaginable (up to size 26).
Mr. Sullins likes to take old buildings and bring them back to life! In the 1980’s he purchased a store front in Abingdon giving it new life as a retail store. An old garage in serious disrepair, Ernie had a vision for the property that would become the new Marion location. The entire property was completely renovated and opened at the end of 2011. In December 2012, Mr. Sullins was awarded the prestigious 2012 Business Of The Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce for his renovation and beautification of the Commerce Street location.
The Next Generation…
When the building that once manufactured high-end horse trailers went up for sale, Mr. Sullins had a different vision for the property. With the inside completely transformed, the Bristol location opened the day before Thanksgiving in 2013! Highly visible to Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia but a little off the beaten path, this is the largest of the three stores – the Ernie Sullins Superstore! The family has been part of Mr. Sullins’ business throughout the years. Now the next generation is involved with the retail operation at the Bristol location.
If you live in the area or just passing through, stop in and check us out!