ACityDiscount opened its doors for business in Atlanta in 1973. The original owner, Bill Stack, had previously managed a local department store, but when that closed he decided to use his sales knowledge to open a business selling used restaurant equipment to serve the foodservice industry.
Throughout the 1970's and 1980's the business thrived selling used commercial kitchen equipment such as ranges, griddles, dough mixers, refrigerators, and freezers, in addition to dishwashers, compartment sinks, concession equipment and restaurant furniture.
The current CEO, John Stack, joined the family-owned business in 1977.
An early adopter of search optimization, the business name was changed from CityDiscount to ACityDiscount in 1986 for a high alphabetized search placement in the Yellow Pages.
The current business strategy began to evolve in 1999 when ACityDiscount noticed the rise in popularity of the internet for doing business nationwide. While successfully selling some used merchandise online, the company became aware of the untapped market for new foodservice equipment. Negotiating favorable deals with some of the major foodservice equipment manufacturers, the company experimented with selling new appliances on eBay. The subsequent results were so successful, that in 2002 ACityDiscount closed its walk-in retail operation to devote its energy to the development of its eBay Store (eBay User ID: acitydiscount) and extend their online presence.
Today, ACityDiscount is an eBay Titanium PowerSeller, which means the business generates at least $150,000 in sales each month and maintains a high level of positive Feedback (98% positive or better). The company also has a major presence on several shopping comparison sites, including Google, NexTag, and Bizrate. However, approximately 80% of the company’s business is achieved through selling new food service equipment and furniture from over 200 of the leading manufacturers to commercial and residential customers through its online store www.acitydiscount.com and the Atlanta Used Restaurant Equipment Showroom re-opened to the public in July 2008.
Now in its 37th year, a third generation has joined this family-run business, ensuring ACityDiscount remains one of the nations top suppliers of new and used restaurant equipment to the foodservice industry.
Professional Business Associations
ACityDiscount is a Bronze sponsor of the Georgia Restaurant Association, a member of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance and the eCommerce Merchants Trade Association.