The Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, “NAO” for short, is a descendant of the Nugget Department Store opened in 1974 by Bill Flint and a group of local investors. The Nugget Department Store carried men's, women's and children's clothing, plus bedding, sheets and giftware.
In 1987, when Lamont's entered the local market, all departments were closed out except the men’s department which was wheeled down the hallway and opened a few days later as The Nugget Men’s Store. Over the years, the business developed into its current incarnation — an outdoor-oriented shop with goods for a variety of outdoor sports and activities, renamed The Nugget Alaskan Outfitter.
NAO carries a huge assortment of raingear, from industrial strength to the latest high tech jackets, footwear from Xtratuf boots to Dansko clogs, a large variety of outerwear, work and outdoor clothing, men’s and women’s sportswear as well as a section devoted to running. We also carry outdoor gear including packs and tents.
NAO is still owned by local investors including Bill’s son, Ron who manages the store with the help of his team. In 2013, Ron moved The Nugget Alaskan Outfitter to its current location at the Mendenhall Mall. The new site has more square footage, taking NAO from 11,000 square feet to more than 15,000. The larger area has allowed for expanded retail space, upgraded displays, a wider assortment of product and more efficient storage.
Now in business for over 40 years, NAO takes pride in offering a large selection of quality clothing and footwear, fine tuned for Southeast Alaska, offered at fair prices and delivered with outstanding customer service.