In October 1997, an overly full Treasure Hunt warehouse established the need for a warehouse sale, leading to the creation of a new retail concept, Dirt Cheap. The second Dirt Cheap store opened in 1998, in Petal, Mississippi and has since grown into over 100 stores. Today, Dirt Cheap is the largest retailer of customer returns and marked out of stock merchandise in the United States. Dirt Cheap stores feature brand name offerings of hardlines, clothing, domestics, accessories, footwear, and more at discounts of 30 to 90% off original retail prices.
First opening its doors in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as our original retail banner, Treasure Hunt has since grown into a local favorite in Mississippi. Over the past 25 years, Treasure Hunt has grown to be the largest buyer of insurance claims in the United States, while adding other distressed situations such as buybacks, closeouts, bankruptcies, overstocks and liquidations. Treasure Hunt carries more upscale merchandise, including high-end technology, furniture, apparel, and home-goods.
In late 2009, CCM was approached by a ceramic tile manufacturer filing for bankruptcy. After purchasing 50 truckloads of ceramic tile, Dirt Cheap Building Supplies opened for the first time on January 1, 2010. Met by a great response, our buyers began purchasing an assortment of building supplies from other distressed situations. Our five Dirt Cheap Building Supplies stores carry discounted home improvement merchandise and building supplies including flooring, tools, lighting, moulding, and more to appeal to do-it-yourself home owners and professional contractors seeking to optimize costs.
In 2013, our partnership with Canadian vendors established the need for a retail presence in Canada. Since then, our Treasure Hunt Canada banner has grown into 10 Ontario locations. Similar to our Dirt Cheap stores, Treasure Hunt Canada offers customer returns, marked out of stock merchandise, closeouts, and more, at 30 to 90% off retail prices.
Our two CCM California locations, located in Commerce and Fontana, offer a unique shopping experience for both retail and wholesale customers. In Commerce, our 87,000 square foot location caters to wholesale clients during the week, and is open to the public each weekend. Our retail focused Fontana location offers great deals to the public, throughout the week. Both locations offer name brand housewares, clothing, footwear, furniture, linens, and more, at discounts of 30 to 90% off regular retail prices.
Our Brantford, Ontario location, located in a 36,000 square foot warehouse, boasts a unique event sale concept. Our sales floor, conveniently located next to our warehouse, allows for an exceedingly quick turn of merchandise. Similar to other CCM concepts, our Brantford location offers name brand clothing, footwear, housewares, and more, at extreme values.