A new store in Obetz has this unusual item as an instant hit: the beef stew Meals Ready to Eat, or MRE in military jargon. It comes with the territory when you’re selling military surplus. “They flew off the shelves. We’re sold out,” said Ariel Gordon, an employee of the store, located in the middle of a large warehouse on Creekside Parkway.
Called Uncle Sam’s Retail Outlet, the store opened in September and is a new venture of Liquidity Services, which is best known for selling the military-surplus items it receives from the Department of Defense through thousands of online auctions on its website: www.govliquidation.com.