Army store in Fort Lauderdale sells military-style uniforms, military-themed merchandise, and other items as well as collectibles, with prices ranging from $12 to $150.
“We don’t want to get in the way of people wanting to get their military gear,” store owner Brian Ewing said.
“We want to make sure that our customers have the best options available for the price point.”
Ewing said the store has been selling military-inspired gear since March, and he plans to sell some of the gear at the upcoming Halloween event.
He said he plans on stocking the store with military-styled gear and collecting military memorabilia, which includes pins, stickers, pins, and pins and more.
Ewings said he doesn’t want people to think that his store is a novelty store.
He said the military has always been a strong market for the store, and people are still buying military items.
“We’ve seen the military’s popularity and the need for them in general, and we want to continue to grow that,” Ewing told the Daily News.
The Army and the Air Force are currently the top three sources of military-related merchandise in the United States, according to a December 2017 report by the Federal Trade Commission.
The Army owns about 10 percent of the market for military uniforms and equipment, and the Army sells uniforms, jackets, helmets and other military-specific gear at retail stores.
The Navy, which is based in Pensacola, Florida, is second in the category.
The Military Sealift Command has been conducting regular and special operations training in Fort Pierce since January, and Ewing expects the military to continue operating in the city for the foreseeable future.
A representative for the Air National Guard in Fort Walton Beach, Florida said they are planning to add military-appropriate gear to their inventory in the coming months, as well.
The Air Force has not commented on the store’s plans.