Mirtex Trading, a wholesaler of imported goods, has been in business since 1981 and in North Brooklyn since 1986. Started by Hadi Hajjar, the company specializes in the importing of gifts, houseware, decorations, knick-knacks, and tchotchkes.
Hajjar moved to the United States from Lebanon, where he was also an importer, and began Mirtex Trading to address the needs of discount stores in the Northeast. Located on 10 Berry Street the business was earlier on North 4th and before that in Queens. Mirtex Trading’s customer base covers not only New York City and State, but also New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
This year marks thirty years of the company’s presence at its current facility, which is made up of several showrooms displaying its varied inventory and an expansive warehouse. North Brooklyn has been vital to the company’s success as it is located near highways that give it easy access to the rest of the city and the metropolitan area as well.
At its facility, customers that include discount stores, dollar stores, gift shops, and party favor shops come to see the latest products that have come from overseas. In the forty years since the business began multiple trends have come and gone, but the biggest change in the business according to Hajjar came as China opened up economically and grew its manufacturing. Today the vast majority of Mirtex Trading’s imports come from China.
Hajjar has grown the business in Williamsburg and feels tied to the local industrial community in North Brooklyn. During the last forty years, Mirtex Trading has made it a point to hire locally and to stay in the neighborhood. Hajjar hopes to continue to grow the company and be an example for entrepreneurs in the industry.