If you live in the Fraser Valley, you have an MTF Price Matters store near you… have you been? MTF is a discount centre that sells manufacturer/retail clear-out items, as well as some refurbished pieces. What does all of that mean? Big savings for us locals!
At MTF Price Matters stores you’ll find everything from canned food to arcade games, brand name furniture to photo frames, tools, cleaning supplies, clothing, stationary, toys and holiday decorations. Items are collected through big box company clear outs, returns or end-of-line products, which are then marked below market value. Stock is constantly changing, so every visit to MTF Price Matters is a unique shopping experience!
Mark Funk (above) and his business partner started the business in 1984 with the help of their fathers. Mark’s father was the butcher at Funks Foods… if you’ve lived in the Valley for some time, you’ll remember Funks Foods, which closed in 2008 after 50 years in business.
We asked Mark what his favourite part of running the business is, after all this time. He says he loves the interaction, with vendors and with staff, as well as collaboration and continuing to learn as the company grows. Mark says he enjoys the challenge of receiving the new products as well. Most shipments are a complete surprise, they don’t know exactly what will be arriving with each shipment. Every product then has to be inspected, priced and merchandised. We imagine that to be quite fun actually, like constantly receiving surprise presents!
Giving back is very important to the owners and staff of MTF Price Matters. Every Thursday night, products from MTF (food, health/beauty supplies) are taken to Vancouver’s downtown east side, and distributed to those less fortunate. Great to hear!
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