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Richard E. Wilson
28 Ratings

    Needed Just a Little More Time

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coppell, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Coppell, TX

    I worked at ALCO Stores full-time (less than a year)


    In October of 2014 ALCO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I believe the company was on the right track to win in the highly competitive retail industry (think of competing with the likes of Walmart, Target,, etc.). ALCO was implementing several advanced software solutions to better manage inventory, optimize pricing, and increase internal efficiencies. It's my understanding that when the new board took over, their credit relationship with Wells Fargo Bank was severed and the new board (misnamed "Concerned ALCO Shareholders" when it lobbied the shareholders to take over) subsequently filed for bankruptcy. We'll never know for sure, but I think that given a little more time, this 100-year-old company would have been able to make a comeback had it not been for the takeover from the new board.

    The people at ALCO were great to work with and the work environment was professional and friendly. Anyone looking to hire a former employee of ALCO would likely do well. Most of the employees I worked with had strong work ethics and friendly personalities.


    The company headquarters was relocated from a small town in Kansas to Dallas, TX so that ALCO would be in a better position to hire talent as new positions needed backfilled, etc. As a result, some talent was lost and understandably not all employees who stayed on and relocated with the company seemed happy . Overall there were not many cons to working at ALCO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the future, learn from mistakes, and foster a team environment wherein everyone feels compelled to help each other out and win both individually and as a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Store Manager Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at ALCO Stores.

    Interview Details

    Very simple if you have retail experience. I've never heard about ALCO before. Got a call from talent acquisition managers. She was very positive. I was very positive. District Manager was very positive.

    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Coppell, TX
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1991
Type Company - Public (ALCS)
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Some retailers prize locations where they can battle competitors toe-to-toe; Duckwall-ALCO prizes locations the big national discount chains, such as Wal-Mart and Target, wouldn't even consider. The retailer runs more than 210 ALCO and ALCO Market Place discount stores in small towns in some two dozen states, primarily in the central US. Situated in towns with populations of 5,000 or fewer, ALCO stores offer a broad line of merchandise that includes automotive, apparel, consumables, crafts, electronics, fabrics, furniture, hardware, health and beauty aids, toys, and more... More

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