“To be able to do this has been amazing,” Malone said Friday (March 29). “To be in Metairie, Louisiana, it’s amazing because it’s a lot of people down here and working people who look for stuff to wear all the time. My history with 5.11, my mindset was this, but I don’t know if their mindset was.”
The grand opening of the store is set for Saturday (March 30), and Malone says he’ll be at the store throughout the day.
It will offer men’s and women’s apparel and clothing, footwear, bags, accessories and professional gear. Originally designed for law enforcement and public safety professionals, 5.11 has expanded into outdoor and fitness markers in recent years.
“It’s not just tactical wear, it’s every day wear,” Malone said. “I operate heavy equipment. I go jogging, hiking in these pants. … To be able to this has been amazing.”
The Metairie location, at 6601 Veterans Blvd., will be the second store for Malone as he opened one up in Ruston last July. Those two locations have a special feature that 5.11 is set to eventually incorporate into all of its national stores.