The store also offers pet foods and treats (I bought a bag of birdseed for one-fourth what I typically pay), herbs and spices (“it’s almost sinful what you pay for bottled spices; in bulk you’ll save 75 percent or better”), and a huge line of personal care products, such as shampoos—just bring in your own bottle, fill it up, and save money and waste. As he puts it, “when’s the last time you wore out a shampoo bottle? You use it 5-6 weeks and then throw it away. It’s a shame.”
“When I started Simply Bulk,” says Phil, “there wasn’t anyone in the country doing this; even now, there’s only one other place in Texas that I know of. But I’ve had conversations around the country: People want more of this.”
Here’s hoping Phil decides to mentor other entrepreneurial retailers to spread this less-is-more, money-saving concept into other cities nationwide.
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