Featured Company: Great Outdoor Provisions Co.
Original Location: Carrboro, NC
Current HQ Location: Raleigh, NC
Locations: 9 (7 in NC, 2 in VA)
Founder: Tom Valone
Great Outdoor Provision Company is a company that strides to help you get you the gear that will keep you out there, whether that’s on the local trails, kayaking on the lake, thru-hiking the Mountains-To-Sea Trail, or traveling abroad. While the current stores might look different from the original shop located in the back of a bicycle store in Carrboro, NC, they still stick to the goal of helping customers “shop local” so they can “explore global.”
Tom Valone, the man that started it all in 1972, is still involved with the company, but has passed on most of the duties of running the company to a team of 4 NC locals that help keep the company thriving. With 7 shop locations in central and eastern NC and 2 in VA, you will have a great experience with one of their over 150 staff members who are trained in getting you the gear you need to make your adventures more comfortable and fun.
They carry companies such as Patagonia, The North Face, Osprey, and many other major players in the outdoor industry, but they also haven’t forgotten the amazing companies here in NC. You can find gear from ENO, Astral Footwear and Paddle, Hurricane Kayaks, Farm To Feet, and more.
Another key focus for this company is helping support our local community. A key example of this is Land Trust Day, which they have done on National Trails Day every year since 1992. In that time, they have raised over $325,000 for local land trusts across the state that help purchase land to protect so we can enjoy the beauty of our state. On top of that, they are also participants in 1% for the Planet and donate to Boy and Girl Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity.
To find a location near you, visit https://greatoutdoorprovision.com/locations/