Praise From Some of my previous Clients who very profitably closed their stores
John had 3 big retail stores and two enormous warehouses full of merchandise and fixtures, and after being in business successfully for 20 years he decided it was time to retire.
So he began looking for the best solution for his planned exit and found Retail Sales PRO online…
He requested a free private consultation, and when we first spoke he was skeptical to say the least.
After looking at his situation and providing him with a custom game plan and projections of what to expect he said, “I think you’re crazy!”.
But he had attempted a liquidation sale on his own at his 4th store a couple years before and it failed miserably, so he knew he needed the right help.
He followed my system to the letter, and when the sale was over not only was his entire inventory liquidated to the bare walls, but his returns were almost 3 times what he normally did in sales.
Just imagine your store looking like this
With long lines of customers and minimal discounts
And looking like this after store closing sale is over
I was first contacted by Stacy via my free consultation option on the Retail Sales PRO website, and she provided me all the information I needed to fully evaluate her situation and how I could help.
Being a 3rd generation business her family had 5 remaining stores along the east coast of Florida and eCommerce had taken it’s toll over the years, so they knew it was time to close down permanently.
She also shared with me that they originally had 6 retail stores, and they tried to run a store closing sale for one of them on their own.
The sale failed miserably, so that’s when they started looking for an expert in store closing sales to help them and that’s when they found Retail Sales PRO through a Google search.
They not only hoped to turn a profit, but also close their stores gracefully.
Having cemented their status in each respective community over the course of 47 years it was VERY important to her that her store NOT be turned into a circus and that their well maintained reputation stayed in tact not only during the sale, but after it was over.
After several phone calls discussing hers and her family’s concerns we all decided it was a good fit, and I got to work. Even during the pandemic of 2020 the sale that took place at each respective store was a smashing success, their financial goals were exceeded, and most importantly they were able to walk away with pride.
So they had two things going against them right out of the gate: no one knew they were there yet because they didn’t have a chance to fully and adequately promote it, and the fear created by the pandemic (and social distancing, customer limits in the store, etc).
They had basically the same fears most retailers I speak and work with have: “Will it work?”, “What if it doesn’t work?”, “What if we have stuff left at the end?”, and others.
I told them I could help, and to just trust my systems. Not only have they worked for over 2 decades with retailers in 20+ retail categories, but recently they have also proven to work during a pandemic.
With many things going against their success, the sale ended up doing very well.
When Jim first contacted me about potentially liquidating his retail store he explained that his hardware store had been in business for almost 20 years.
He sold all the typical items sold in a local hardware store, but he also had carved out a unique niche in servicing the theater market by selling stage paint, props, and more.
With schools closed for most of 2020 in his area along with dealing with the pandemic as a whole, his business took a beating like many other retailers had across the country.
He knew it was time to get out.
Having already helped many other retailers with successful store closing sales in 2020, I assured him that my marketing and promotion systems would work for him too.
We had several conversations, then he decided to get started, and my team and I got to work.
Jim trusted the system and process, and I helped him liquidate everything to the bare walls, so he could turn the space back over to his landlord and gracefully move on to the next chapter in his life.
Terry is a prime example of following instructions to the letter.
When we scheduled his private consultation, and I informed him what I could do and how I’d go about doing it.
I then instructed him to call ALL of my competitors, which he did.
He came back shortly later and informed me that the cost of my services were more than all of them.
This was one of my most successful store closing sales ever!
Doug, the owner of Georgetown Farm Supply, contacted me to discuss his unique circumstances.
Although his business was doing REALLY well financially, the property where his business was located was on a very busy intersection and he owned it.
A developer offered him a price he couldn’t refuse for the property, so he wanted to find the best solution to liquidate his business for the maximum profit possible.
After several lengthy conversations with him discussing what the game plan would be for his store he said, “Let’s do it!”, and my team and I got to work.
One of the first things I told him was that the success of the sale would be a team effort including him and his staff.
He followed EVERY DETAIL of what I told him needed to be done to the letter, and the sale was a smashing success.
Allan, the owner of a large furniture, home, & gifts store, contacted me after seeing one of my videos on YouTube.
Like many retailers, he started with the best of intentions for profit and long term sustainability, but after several years found himself with rapidly declining sales amongst big box competition.
After a private consultation with me he proceeded to do even more diligence to be confident in his decision to work with me, and we got started preparing.
I helped him launch the sale with tremendous success and the success sustained itself for 11 weeks when he finally closed his doors forever.
He followed EVERY DETAIL of what I told him needed to be done to sustain success after the launch, and he was able to walk away with his head held very high…and profitably.
Mark came to me with many fears including, “Is my store big enough?”, “What if this doesn’t work?”, “Will I be able to pay off my vendors?”, and more.
Although he had a very small sporting goods store in a dying shopping mall.
I was able to help liquidate everything to the bare walls, including fixtures.
He followed all my advice to the letter and let the system work FOR him.
Mark Mittelsteadt “I was in a mall that’s kinda dying and for the last couple years my sales have been “ok”, but it was time to maybe move on.
It was an emotional time…I’ve had the business for 23 years. You just look at it and you keep thinking it’s going to get better, and it just isn’t.
My sale started at 9 o’clock, and I opened the gate and there was not a person out there. Travis, I want you to know 5 minutes later you could not get another person in the store!
It was so busy that we tried taking pictures, but they were all blurry. For the next 3 days we had so many people in the store – it was unbelievable! They were buying everything at probably the same mark down as what we’d be doing in a 15% or 20% off sale that meant nothing before.
Everything you said throughout the sale actually was right!
Every day when I went home at night I could sleep again because I knew that this program was working.
I did research other companies, and said “Travis, you’re more expensive than everyone else”. He said, “Mark, I am, but you will see the results!”.
One of the greatest things about working with Travis is as you go through the sale he will calm all your fears. There’s a lot of emotion when you close a business you’ve had for 23 years, and when I found myself feeling a little iffy, you said just be patient and give it a couple days, and it all came back again.
After the sale there was nothing left and we actually turned a PROFIT! My accounts payables are ZERO!
I’m completely satisfied!”
Mary Ann had a very large western wear and feed store, and with rapidly declining sales and mounting debt her biggest concern was…
“How are we going to sell all this stuff?”
She and her entire staff cooperated fully with all my advice, the Sale completed successfully…and they were able to move on to the next chapter of their lives with pride.
Brice owned an art supply store that was that was thriving in Bradenton, Florida.
After he booked a free consultation with me and we talked I knew that this would be a successful sale…
Why? Because he ran a great business for 40 years and he didn’t want to take any chances with his reputation in the community.
His biggest fear was being able to reach enough people to liquidate his specialized inventory.
From the moment we started working together he implemented everything I instructed him to implement when I was not onsite, and when the sale was over all he had left was a tiny box of merchandise he donated to a local art school.
Brice Hoopingarner, Creative Art Supply “I wanted to retire after being in business for 40 years, so I did research on the Internet and it all kept pointing back to Travis and Retail Sales PRO.
After listening to several of the other testimonials from his past clients I decided to give him a call.
After speaking with Travis what was most important to me was finding someone I was comfortable working with and also someone with a good, solid program in place…this company had that. I felt very confident in his ability.
The biggest fear I had was being able to reach enough people and actually liquidate my specialized inventory…and that was put to ease on opening day when there hundreds of people waiting to get into my store
The sales volume the first day was incredible, probably a month’s worth of sales volume in one day, and at a minimal discount from my normally high margins.
As the sale and the days went on Travis would advise us to move the prices, so we did. And the following day we’d get a massive amount of people in again, as planned.
The entire process was very organized.
The last day was incredibly busy too!
I would recommend Retail Sales PRO because with Travis’ background it took a lot of pressure off of me.
At first I thought I could do all this myself, but after seeing the entire process unfold I realized there was NO WAY I could have done this myself! You need someone like Travis with his 20+ year background to put something like this together.
The end result is this all exceeded my expectations. If I had to go through this again there is NO DOUBT I would hire Travis and Retail Sales PRO again!”
When I created Retail Sales PRO the mission was simple: to help ALL independent retailers convert inventory and assets to cash to walk away with their heads held high OR to reenergize their business in some way.
Here, my client Marie owned a very small (and popular) herb and organic food store, and she decided to close after many years of serving her local community.
All because she wanted to spend more time with her grand kids.
She requested a free private consultation with me, we talked and reviewed the game plan I would use, and several weeks later her store closing sale began.
I guided her every step of the way. See for yourself how she felt about the sale and the results.
Marie McCormick, Organic Food & Herb Store “The one thing that really stands out about Retail Sales PRO is…confidence! I felt confident that they were knowledgeable to be able to help me. I never saw that many people in my store -EVER!
It was great..I was exhausted, and I LOVED it!
I was in retail for a long time, but I’ve never gone out of business before, so I didn’t know what to do next and Travis did.
I wasn’t sure where to go, I wasn’t sure the next step to take…and he guided me along the way. That’s what I needed! I needed somebody to take my hand and say, “Ok this is what we do next, and this is what we do next” and that’s what I needed.
One of the biggest fears was having a big garage full of inventory and not know what to do with it…all of the fixtures LEFT…I don’t have a big house, there’s only so much I could fit in there. That was a concern.
After the sale that Travis conducted for me my store is completely empty and I couldn’t be happier.
I feel thankful we came across Travis on the Internet and decided to hire him. Everything he said would happen, happened.
If you’re going through this process, as a retailer, I would recommend Travis because he helped me through everything that I needed to do…even through the things that I didn’t know I needed to do.
I would absolutely recommend Travis and Retail Sales PRO.”
Successfully Going Out Of Business During The COVID 19 Pandemic (See alongside the video of that sale)
I understand that you may be concerned about what to do with your store right now if you’ve been affected with shutdown, employee layoffs, and more because of the pandemic.
I help my clients make sure all CDC guidelines are implemented including sanitization and social distancing to keep your customers safe, but also ensure a successful sale!
In fact, I have a client RIGHT NOW that I have helped successfully navigate a store closing sale DURING the pandemic – generated 65% of his annual sales volume over the course of several weeks!
George, the owner of Thousand Oaks Lighting, first made contact with me via the form on my website.
We scheduled a free, private consultation and had an in depth conversation about his situation and how I could help.
I suggested he contact several of my competitors because Retail Sales PRO was the first company he contacted, and I wanted him to truly compare the differences.
He got back with me and wanted to move forward.
The sale was a smashing success, even with his very niched product line, and he and his wife were able to walk away with their heads held high.
This is a collection of several past clients from multiple retail categories…
The ONE common denominator in their success:
They followed my advice and suggestions -start to finish and walked away from their respective stores with PROFIT!
You get ONE SHOT at a successful store closing sale. Make it count.
Shelle S. – Western Wear & Gift Boutique – Oklahoma City, OK
“After being in business for over 12 years, my sales started dropping fast after they started fixing roads around our store. They never rebounded, so I started looking for solutions for stores going out of business.
I had never done a closeout store sale before, what to do with inventory and thought I should look around for help.
I found several broker companies, and some of them even insisted on sending representatives down to meet with me, but I was turned off by their pushy approach and retail store liquidation costs.
I kept looking and found Retail Sales Pro, and after a long discussion with Travis on the phone I realized he would be able to help me accomplish my goals.
What made working with Retail Sales Pro most gratifying to me was that a plan was designed especially for me and my situation.
I followed his advice, and my store closing sale did VERY well!
Considering my relatively small inventory (I had only about $75,000 cost) I was able to pocket a sizable amount of cash after all my expenses.”
Lucas Z. – Liquor Store Owner – Santa Cruz, California
“This system works! I had almost a half million dollars worth of inventory in my store before my Sale started, and thanks to Travis, in six and a half weeks our sale generated almost $600,000 in revenue.
That’s a 125% return, which was much more than I was expecting!
I don’t know much about the Internet, but now I’m a bigger fan of it…this system used the Internet to promote my store closing sale in ways I didn’t know you could!“
Niki F. – Shoe Store Owner – Surrey Hills, Australia
“Once the GFC hit retail in Australia, and my shop was not exempt, (throw in rental increases) I knew that the decision around staying or going had to be made sooner or later.
Typically I buried the fear and just thought that things would turn around soon. They didn’t and I began to feel powerless.
The truth was that if I accepted this new retail reality I could make decisions based on that. And I did.
This was an empowering moment and my business was no longer at the mercy of external ever changing environments.
Once I had made the decision to close the shop the next question was how I was going to get the maximum result from a liquidation sale. I had no clue.
Worse still, there were a lot of “consultants”out there but not one that specialised in such an event. I was stunned, but I knew that surely there had to be some sort of formulae or strategy.
I searched high and low and finally came across Retail Sales Pro.
Being the sceptical Ozzie, I felt and wondered about doing business with an American who knew how to wax lyrical about his service.
Most of my friends were also sceptical.
But I believe that great outcomes can occur when we surround ourselves with people who do what they do better than what we can.
In this instance Travis had more than just a clue about to maximise a closing down sale. He had years of experience.
From beginning to end, I felt held and informed about every move that I had to make.
The support was fantastic and got me through what I would say was one of the toughest business moments of my life.
I was able to pay back my suppliers and walk out of the shop with a chandelier and my counter. I sold everything else for profit! I couldn’t believe it.
I’m really pleased with the result and listening to others in crisis in retail, I would have to say I feel this has definitely been the best decision all round.
I highly recommend Travis and Retail Sales PRO for his commitment to the cause, his support and expertise.
Hands down they have a proven strategy that works.“
George C. – Fan & Lighting Store Owner – Thousand Oaks, CA
“I cannot help but being grateful for your company’s help and your ability to help keep me grounded and calm during our Sale. Your advice was invaluable, and I felt I had a friend/counselor at my side the whole time.
You had told us up front that this would be a Sale like no other we’ve ever experienced and I just couldn’t imagine it. I figured it would be “just” like normal, but with more people.
Boy, was I wrong and I’m so glad you all were in charge of the Sale…we couldn’t have done it without you.
You’d think after years of treating co-workers as family, trusting them to support you as we had them countless times, and then have a knife stuck in your back + other “adventures with human kind” with regards to customers was a rough lesson.
You told me that it was not unusual, advised me on my thoughts of how to deal with it all, and what other fun I was in-store for ahead of time and how to handle it.
I came out of all this alive thanks to your help. Thank you again.“
Rhonda K. – Fine Gift Store Owner – Fort Worth, Texas
You guys have definitely got the traffic into the store, and I can’t believe how many sales we’ve generated in such a short time.
Our sales have averaged almost 7 times more than normal consistently during my Store Closing Sale and I couldn’t be happier!
You are absolutely the go to experts in store closing sales.“
Mike W. – Party Supply Store Owner – White River Junction, Vermont
“I had researched and compared many professional liquidation companies before I finally decided to go with Travis and Retail Sales Pro.
What I found was he delivered as promised: The most value in the industry AND excellent return on our inventory’s cost.
We opened our Party Store 15+ years ago as a division of our Paper Company, which has been in the family for over 80 years, and because of new competition in our market we decided it was time to get out of the party business.
We knew how to run and operate a retail store successfully, but what we didn’t know how to do was how to close one effectively to get the most return.
I spoke with Travis many times over the course of almost two months while I was trying to make my decision on which liquidation company to use, and he was the only one that showed real compassion for me about my situation.
Once I made the formal decision to go with Retail Sales Pro, the entire game plan was lined out for me, and all of my concerns were immediately addressed, which made me feel like I was in good hands.
He walked us through every single detail of every phase of the Sale, facilitated all our advertising, and provided us with professional signage and marketing systems.
When the Sale was over, we had literally nothing left in the store.
Everything was sold to the bare walls; even the store fixtures and equipment. The sale attained a remarkable 144% return on our inventory cost PLUS the sale of our fixtures, which we also were able to get near top dollar out of.
Travis and his team is a choice I’m very glad I made, and I would highly recommend them to anyone choosing to liquidate their retail store.“
Billiard Supply Store Owner – Austin & Dallas Texas
“I wanted to get out of retailing billiard supplies and focus more on the wholesaling end of it since I had already designed my own, unique brand of tables.
So, I started seeking different options that were out there for liquidating and closing my stores.
Retail Sales PRO really helped me in ways I wasn’t sure they could.
I was so pleased with the results of my Sales Event that after that store was closed I was able to spend more time overseas negotiating new deals for my wholesaling business.
What they do and how they do it works.“
Craft Store Owner – Grove City, Pennsylvania
“Your book Liquidation Secrets Revealed is well done and provides a substantial amount of very useful information…
— just the kind of details I need to organize and execute our store closing sale on our own.
I’m glad I was able to hire you for a phone consulting package to help guide me along while I implemented your systems.
You are definitely providing a much needed and greatly appreciated service for small retail store owners.“
Cam B – Pet Store Owner – Cincinnati, OH
“When I began exploring the possibility of a liquidation sale to close out our business, I spent hours reviewing several websites to determine what the anticipated results might be and who was out there that might be experienced and capable to help me.
I actually picked three possibilities and systematically proceeded to phone interview them. After our initial discussion, it was obvious that Retail Sales Pro was more capable of coaching me through the sale than any of the others.
The construction of the special website which utilized the least expensive route to communicate the sale (email) was one deciding factor.
Your willingness to listen to my ideas, use them when appropriate and reject them when your experience said to was another factor.
After we made the decision to engage Travis and his company, the planning phase was very professional and well thought out.
Everything was very directed and professionally done. There is no way we could have accomplished this on our own.
I also have to comment on you, Travis, as the onsite consultant.
Everything you told us would happen, actually did. You predicted the sales upturns and downturns very accurately (if somewhat conservatively).
You anticipated and warned us how employees would react and how customers would react. Your experience also helped Diane and me to work through some rather strong emotions associated with closing a business we had been a part of for so long.
Thanks for all your help. I can wholeheartedly recommend your services to others in my position.“
Joan – Furniture Gallery Owner – Dania Beach, Florida
“I run a furniture gallery and had built up a lot of extra inventory, so I contacted Retail Sales PRO about helping me develop effective, yet quick, strategies to get rid of some of it.
In my business I knew I needed some clever ways to get people into my store, and Travis did just that by utilizing the Internet, some creative advertising, and great in-store signage to help me liquidate all the excess inventory I had, for great profit PLUS many of these newfound customers have continued to come back time and time again.“
Tom – Hardware Store Owner – Fort Dodge, Iowa
“I wasn’t sure if we had what it took to conduct an effective Sale of this magnitude on our own, but after talking with Travis I realized the only reason I felt that way was because I realized I’d never done anything like this before.
I knew we only had one shot to do this right or our customers may not come back.
He provided all the answers AND the confidence we needed with our Store Closing Sale.
We sold everything in our store for PROFIT, plus the fixtures, in just over 8 weeks!“
Debbie V. – Women’s Clothing Store Owner – Grand Terrace, CA
“The time had come to say “Goodbye” to my business. Emotions from anxiety to zealous flooded my already over‐worked, over‐tired mind.
The decision to end my business came as a difficult one. I had experience in purchasing and growing a business and there was information abounding on selling a business but NOTHING…I mean NOTHING on liquidating one. I had no idea where to start.
I went online and began a search for “liquidating a business.”
After talking with Travis I thought that I was FINALLY seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, however because I was such a small shop in such a small town, I didn’t have the revenue for the required budget.
Travis suggested that I purchase his ebook, which outlined all that is involved with facilitating a high impact liquidation Sale for a small business. He said if I did EVERYTHING the book said and did it the way the book explained I would have the same results.
Again I was filled with trepidation. I was about at the end of my rope. I didn’t want to “learn” to do anything else…I was trying to get OUT of all this. But…what else could I do?
To make a long story short, buying his Liquidation Secrets Revealed and hiring them to consult with me through the process was the BEST thing I ever did.
Coming from a place of not having a clue what I was doing, we followed the directions in the eBook with the intention of doing “whatever it takes” to get rid of my entire inventory. I didn’t exactly know what to expect but I figured it couldn’t be any worse than “giving it all” to the liquidators; and at least it would all be gone.
BUT WOW…WHAT AN EXPERIENCE.
Not only was the eBook concise in its direction, but it was easy to follow, very thorough, and combined with the personal consulting was absolutely amazing.
It was obvious by all the research that the methodologies in the book were proven and WOULD deliver results. DID IT EVER!
The FIRST WEEK of my 5‐week sale resulted in the sale (in dollars) of over one‐third of my total inventory!
And it didn’t stop there! I had to keep buying more inventory to keep up with the flow of traffic I had coming in. I had NEVER even seen so much traffic in my store before.
Once the sale began it worked just like clockwork. The sales just kept coming and coming. I continued to follow his advice, and at the end of the 5‐week sale I had liquidated all but 5 items for very high profit margin.
I sold ALL my inventory as well as all decorations, display items, furniture, supplies, fixtures…EVERYTHING FROM WALL TO WALL.
Using Retail Sales Pro MORE than met my expectations. But the best part of the whole event was the psychology of it.
What started out to be a painful, dread‐filled event ended up being an uplifting, high‐energy, unbelievably FUN, and totally EMPOWERING experience.
I simply couldn’t have had these kind of results on my own.“
Dollar Store Owner – Elba, Alabama
“With a dollar store in a small country town, we weren’t sure how effective a Store Closing Sale would be, but 6 weeks and a 110% return later we realized that a Store Closing Sale was the best option….
thanks to Travis and Retail Sales PRO”.