Back-to-school clothes shopping is essential for all ages, including Mom and Dad.

Factory Connection sidewalk sale

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But finding the right styles can be difficult when store options are limited.

Factory Connection offers a wide range of merchandise for reasonable prices.

“Regular-priced (items) run (from) $7.99 to $29.99,” said store manager Raven Birmingham.

“We don’t get a larger selection of anything over that price.”

The store has been located at 2135 N. Summit St. in Arkansas City since it opened in 2011.

It also can be found online at, where shoppers can sign up for special discounts, advanced notice of sales and much more.

Discounted brands at Factory Connection

Factory Connection stocks clothing brands that other stores might sell at higher prices.

The clothing offerings are in line with teen and adult sizes.

“We are a full retail store, including home décor and accessories, too,” Birmingham said.

“Most of the time when people in the community tell me they’ve never been to the store, it’s while complimenting something I’m wearing.

“First thing I get excited about is telling them I bought it at the store, and how much I paid for it.”

Customer service

“We absolutely strive for better customer service, as well,” Birmingham said.

It is not uncommon for Factory Connection employees to help customers find “that perfect item.” Whether you’re looking for jewelry, wallets, watches or shoes, the staff will take the time to assist where they can.

“I love retail. I was a shopper before I was an employee,” Birmingham said.

Community support

“We are all locals trying to support local,” Birmingham added. “We get shipments in five days a week. We are a community-based store and we work hard to keep it that way.”

Birmingham and her staff try to go the extra mile to give back to the community. Last month, they held a bake sale to benefit Ashley Law, a local woman diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

They also donate to nonprofits as they are able.