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Family & Employee Owned | Est. 1955 | Customer Service 1-800-336-8314
Family & Employee Owned | Est. 1955 | Customer Service 1-800-336-8314

Goods for Grades


JAX believes education is a critical part of our future and wants to reward your student for good grades! Family and employee owned, JAX has been giving back to the community since 1955. Education is one of JAX's core values and it has been a part of our company since Marvin and Lola Quinlan started Ames Surplus in 1955. Lola and Marvin worked as teachers before starting the business. Lola received her Master of Arts in Librarianship from the University of Denver in 1953 and was a lifelong learner and lover of books. Lola was the book buyer at JAX for over 20 years, well into her 80's. She founded the annual local author day that JAX hosted for many years.

Lola Quinlan


Students from first grade through senior year of high school can submit their mid-year and final report card to earn JAX Good For Grades Vouchers. Your student can spend them in-store, or save them for something big in the future! Students can earn up to $48 per year.

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Goods for Grades Official Rules

Students in grades 1-12 can submit one mid-year report card and one final end-of-year report card. The deadlines for submissions are February 28 and June 30. Report cards will only be accepted for the most recent grading period. Students may earn $4 for every "A" grade and $2 for every "B" grade (see scale below for equivalent grading scales), up to 6 core academic classes, twice a year, in the form of a JAX Goods for Grades Voucher. The maximum amount per year is $48. Progress reports are not eligible. JAX will accept report cards issued by accredited schools. JAX will not accept report cards from past years. Vouchers may take up to 2 weeks to be ready for pick-up. Vouchers have no cash value. They can be used towards in-store merchandise only and may be saved up for a later use. No cash will be returned for vouchers. They do not expire but cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

 Earn $4Earn $2   
A-F ScaleA (including A+ through A-)B (including B+ through B-)CDF
4-1 Scale4 - Exceeding Expectations3 - Meeting Expectations2 - Approaching Expectations1 - Beginning Expectations 
E-P ScaleExceeding ExpectationsMeeting Expectations   
E-U ScaleExcellentSatisfactoryNeeds ImprovementUnsatisfactory 
I-NM ScaleIndependent SkillEmerging SkillIn ProgressSkill Not Met

For more information or questions, email: (JAX reserves the right to change program rules, values, and dates without notice.)

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JAX Five P's

People: Be a great place to shop and work

Planet: Minimize environmental impacts of our business

Product: Deliver high quality products at fair prices

Premises: Repurpose / Restore / Revitalize

Processes: Always deliver value to employees and customers

Our Story

Family-owned and operated since 1955, JAX is a great local experience. JAX started as a small shop but has grown into a total of nine brick and mortar locations, plus a central office and warehouse complex. 

Jim Quinlan, owner of JAX Mercantile Co.
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Since our beginning, conservation has always been a priority for JAX. We seek to make positive contributions toward resource conservation and environmental protection. We support local and global conservation projects and work to reduce our own carbon footprint.


Coverage for you and your spouse

All products at JAX are discounted for employees, plus you’ll receive Pro Deals directly from brands

Celebrate & observe holidays with pay

JAX will match up to $250 per year for eligible causes you wish to support

Numerous options available to fit your specific needs

Each year, employees may take up to eight paid hours to volunteer at an eligible non-profit

See a coworker exemplifying JAX values? Award them with store credit!

Access immediate assistance & resources related to your wellbeing through Work Life Partners

Paid Time Off

Use paid time off while on leave

Gift Cards

On your birthday and work anniversary celebrate with JAX store credit (can be combined with your employee discount!)

401(k) Plan

Contributions to save for your retirement

Tuition Assistance

Receive assistance for learning that relates to your work at JAX

Dental & Vision

After 30 days of employment receive dental and vision coverage

CO2 Credit

Support the environment and earn money by commuting to work via bike, carpool, etc. 

Company Stock

Become a company owner through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)


Receive a bonus each month for store & company performance!


At JAX, we see your career as something you determine, and we support. You might not know where your passion is yet and start out as a Cashier. As you learn about the company's departments, move into a Sales Associate role. As you deepen your knowledge and experience, you can move into our store management roles.

Not interested in management? That’s ok, too. You can become a technical expert, such as a Bike Mechanic. Or you could move into any of our support departments, including Facilities & Logistics, Purchasing / Buying, Marketing, Information Technology, Finance, or Human Resources. Start anywhere and end where it makes sense for you. We look forward to meeting you! 

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Jim Quinlan, owner of JAX Mercantile Co.

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