Where We Started
E.C. Barton & Company’s story began in 1885 at a grocery store in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After years of selling lumber as a sideline item to groceries, founder P.C. Barton eventually sold the grocery store and incorporated Barton Lumber & Brick. His son, E.C. Barton, grew the business by acquiring additional lumberyards.
Following the introduction of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 1975, the company experienced significant growth, including its development of the Surplus Warehouse brand, the acquisition of Grossman’s Bargain Outlet, the new Barton's Home Improvement and in 1993 the company became 100% Employee Owned.
Who We Are Today
Today, E.C. Barton & Company continues to be an employee-owned national building materials retailer that offers quality home improvement products and solutions at the guaranteed lowest price to help customers achieve their dreams. The company operates four divisions, Barton’s, Grossman’s Bargain Outlet, Surplus Warehouse, and E.C.B. Brokerage - with over 100 locations in 17 different states from upstate New York to south Texas.
We are an employee-owned company, so when you speak to a Partner, you're speaking with an owner. Not only that, our Partners stay with us for an average of 8.5 years so they've been a part of a lot of projects. Our Partners have a vested interest in providing our customers with expert advice and top-quality service—including FREE design counsel—as you work to build, remodel or restore your kitchen, bath, flooring, doors, and windows. You’ve done the research and planned for your new space, let our experts help you find the perfect product to help you make your dream space a reality.
We will offer quality home improvements products and solutions combined with knowledgeable and friendly service at the guaranteed lowest price to help our customers achieve their dreams.
Our Community Involvement
Our Partners are proud that we’ve been serving communities across the country for nearly 135 years. And we all believe that our commitment to our neighbors goes far beyond the walls of our stores. We’re honored to be able to support health and wellness, education and other philanthropic initiatives by collaborating with charitable organizations in all the communities where we live and work.