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Buckeye Surplus Inc. selling military items, more

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Buckeye Surplus Inc. sells military clothing and supplies at 911 E. Market St.
Photos: Maria Lindsay
AKRON — Buckeye Surplus Inc. is a military clothing and supplies store located at 911 E. Market St.

Owner Frank Klansek said the business was started in 1947 by Irving Schreiber in a nearby store as Buckeye War Surplus. It was moved to its current location, a building constructed in 1911, in 1970. In 1986, Klansek said he bought the business after his employer, B.F. Goodrich, relocated from the area. Klansek, 85, serves as the company president for Buckeye Surplus.

“I bought the store for something to do, and I continued the business,” said Klansek, who said he is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the occupation of Japan in 1946-47. “I had experience in sales and accounting from Goodrich, and the military aspect of the business appealed to me. I had the background, and slipped into the business no problem.”

Klansek said business was very good initially, especially when all the rubber and tire companies were in the area, and leading up to the Y2K “crisis” at the start of the millennium in 2000. He added business has slowed some due to the downturn in the economy. He added that Buckeye Surplus offers unique items.

“We are the last Army Navy surplus store left in the Akron area,” said Klansek. “We carry stuff you can’t find in big box stores.”

Klansek said the store carries Army and Navy surplus items, as well as disaster preparedness items.

The Army and Navy items include pants, shirts, work-type boots, hats, field jackets, pea coats and more. There is also a variety of camping and outdoor gear such as tents, canteens, knives and different kinds of packsacks in various sizes.

Buckeye Surplus carries a variety of emergency preparedness items and survival gear for natural disasters.

“People are not ready for emergencies as they should be,” said Klansek. “They should have gear for when power goes out.”

Those items would include heavy-duty boots, warm clothing, blankets, certain hand-powered tools and equipment, and water containers.

“We can help people prepare for emergencies,” said Klansek. “We carry quality, well-made items mostly made in America.”

Buckeye Surplus’ hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 330-434-2216.

 

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