See all Blog Posts Lakeland Welcomes Metal Supermarkets, The World’s Leading Small Quantity Metal Provider Category: New Store Openings, News Posted: October 4, 2021 Successful Local Entrepreneur Brings his Third Store to Polk County LAKELAND, Fla. – Infusing innovation into a legacy industry, Metal Supermarkets arrives in Lakeland as a disruptive force. The world’s largest supplier of small-quantity metals will open its newest location in Lakeland on October 4, instantly becoming the one-stop shop offering speed, variety and convenience for professionals and hobbyists alike. Metal Supermarkets stores specialize in providing all types and ranges of metal including steel, aluminum, stainless and other metals in bars, tubes, angles, channel, sheet and plate to meet the needs of a wide and diverse variety of customers that require these essential products. As the ninth location in Florida, Metal Supermarkets Lakeland offers thousands of, shapes and grades of metal, cut to each customer’s exact specifications. Brandishing its signature, world class customer service, Metal Supermarkets will be the trusted metals supplier for local manufacturers, machinists, maintenance and repair, tool and die shops, hospitals, hotels, universities, schools, homeowners, artists, hobbyists and more in Lakeland. The new store in Lakeland is Brian Thompson’s third Metal Supermarkets location, as he also opened stores in Tampa in 2016 and East Tampa in 2019. Thompson holds extensive knowledge and experience in the nuclear power industry after serving in the Navy, then later working in powerplants and scaling his way to a senior executive role in corporate America. “I came across Metal Supermarkets a few years back and instantly recognized the need that a small quantity specialist provider would have in the Tampa area,” said Brian Thompson, owner of Metal Supermarkets Lakeland. “We have successfully built relationships with businesses and consumers in the Tampa area, we also identified a need for our services and high-quality materials in Lakeland. I’m eager to begin providing Lakeland businesses and residents with exceptional service while providing employment opportunities to locals and especially Veterans.” With his existing Metal Supermarket stores, Thompson is committed to giving back to local schools in an effort to ramp-up their trade and technical programs to support the development of ever-important skilled trade workers. And, with his military background, Thompson recognizes the value in hiring and providing job opportunities to Veterans in his community. Each Metal Supermarkets location provides solutions to customers’ metal needs in both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer categories. With a diverse product base and a no-minimum order quantity, Metal Supermarkets will quickly earn long-lasting relationships with customers as a result of delivering an exceptional customer experience. “Brian has proven his success with Metal Supermarkets across the Tampa market, and by opening a third store in the area he’ll be even better equipped to serve an even greater number of customers,” said Stephen Schober, CEO and President of Metal Supermarkets. “Our team has long been impressed with the drive and commitment that Brian has displayed with his existing Tampa stores, and we are excited to introduce Lakeland to Metal Supermarkets, and serve as an essential business to the community.” With locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Lakeland opening comes amid a pivotal growth period for the international metal-supply business. Deemed an essential business, the supplier ensures each customer in Lakeland will always be able to acquire what they need. Metal Supermarkets provides a recession-resistant, innovative and durable opportunity for interested franchise investors. Located at 3633 Century Boulevard, Suite 1, Metal Supermarkets Lakeland is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information about Metal Supermarkets Lakeland, visit https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/lakeland/, or contact Brian Thompson directly by [email protected] or at (863) 215-6901. ABOUT METAL SUPERMARKETS Metal Supermarkets, the world’s largest supplier of small-quantity metals, has more than 100 brick-and-mortar stores across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom with 11 franchise locations in development. Known for its speed and convenience, Metal Supermarkets sells a wide variety of metals including Aluminum, Hot-Rolled Steel, Cold-Rolled Steel, Stainless Steel, Alloy Steel, Galvanized Steel, Tool Steel, Brass, Bronze and Copper. With highly specialized staff, customers can get the metal they need in a size that is convenient for them. Metal Supermarkets is actively awarding franchises to candidates with strong customer service experience and an interest in a stable business opportunity. As the concept has grown in recent years, the Metal Supermarkets franchise opportunity is best suited for the owner-operator franchisee who is looking to build an income, create wealth for their family and leave a legacy. The moderate investment range for a Metal Supermarkets location is between $216,500 to $403,000, and qualified owners must have a minimum of $150,000 in liquid capital to be considered. To honor those who have served in the military, Metal Supermarkets offers a $5,000 discount for qualified veterans. For additional information about Metal Supermarkets, visit https://www.metalsupermarkets.com. For additional information about the Metal Supermarkets franchise opportunity, visit https://metalsupermarketsfranchise.com/. Metal Supermarkets Metal Supermarkets is the world’s largest small-quantity metal supplier with over 100 brick-and-mortar stores across the US, Canada, and United Kingdom. We are metal experts and have been providing quality customer service and products since 1985. At Metal Supermarkets, we supply a wide range of metals for a variety of applications. Our stock includes: mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, tool steel, alloy steel, brass, bronze and copper. We stock a wide range of shapes including: bars, tubes, sheets, plates and more. And we can cut metal to your exact specifications. Visit one of our 100+ locations across North America today. 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