Store Spotlight: Mobile

Even though this last year was well, different; we are so thankful to all of our team members and customers who helped us make it through to 2021! To kick off the start of a new year we want to highlight our wonderful stores and communities who help keep us doing what we love!

This week we are headed to our Mobile store to chat with our store manager, Collin Kendrick! Our Mobile store opened its doors in the Legacy Village at Spring Hill in 2006 under previous ownership and we have loved being a part of the community there. Let’s check it out!


How long have you worked at AO and what interested you about working here?

I have worked for AO for a total of three years now. I was originally hired in 2016 while I was in college. After I graduated I ended up coming back and ultimately became the manager here in Mobile. – Collin



What we love about Mobile

My favorite thing about our city is the uniqueness. Mobile and the community we have here are unlike any other in Alabama. While we don’t have the mountains like other areas of Alabama, we do have amazing deltas, rivers, and beaches. – Collin

Did you know?

Mobile is home to the original Mardi Gras celebration. The vibrant city of Mobile has been celebrating carnival since 1703 and they are proud of it! Complete with parades, beads, and family-fun all around, there is a lively spirit in Mobile during Mardi Gras. While this year will look different due to Covid-19, there will still be some parades that are on the schedule. So head on down to Mobile and be ready to catch some famous and delicious Moon Pies!

When you are there, stop in at our store to say hi to us and grab our Limited Edition Mardi Gras t-shirt (coming soon)!



Which Alabama Outdoors core value resonates with you the most?

Our purpose, which is to equip and inspire others to get outside in Alabama and beyond. The best feeling I get while working is when you outfit a new camper, hiker, skier, etc. and, then return to tell you about their awesome experience. – Collin


Our staff is full of passionate and knowledgeable team members who truly live our purpose day-to-day. At Alabama Outdoors, we believe that everyone should experience life in the great outdoors. We are the trusted resource in products and services to enhance your adventures. Whether you shop with us in-store or online, you will receive 5-star customer service with team members that love to share their experiences and knowledge. Come in and say hi and see what we are all about- we would love to help you!


Our favorite places to explore near Mobile

“Gulf State Park. If you haven’t been there you don’t know what you’re missing. Gulf State is a hidden gem of the coast and Alabama.” – Collin

Gulf State Park is located in Gulf Shores, AL just under an hour from Mobile. It has two miles of beaches, over 6,500 acres of beautiful land and nature, and 28 miles of paved walking/biking trails and boardwalks. So while you are down in L.A. (Lower Alabama) be sure to hit the beaches and trails and book a campground at Gulf State Park for a little R&R after your day of adventure.

Some other places we love near Mobile:

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

  • Location: Gulf Shores, AL
  • National Refuge with over 7,000 acres
  • Best for: Bird watching, photography, wildlife, fishing, and light trails to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wildlife refuge

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

  • Location: Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and the Gulf State Park
  • Over 15 miles of backcountry trails through 6 different ecosystems
  • Best for: Nature walks, camping, Butterfly Pavilion, hiking, cycling

Chickasabogue Park

  • Location: Eight Mile, Mobile County, AL
  • 1,100-acre outdoor recreation park with over 17 miles of trails
  • Best for: Hiking/biking, disc golf course, camping, fishing, swimming


Some of our favorite things at AO

Vuori. This brand has actually made get out and run again after taking a lot of time off. I love how innovative their products are and everything the company stands for. – Collin


What is your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

Either hiking or skiing. But it’s actually skiing. – Collin

We are your hometown shop in Mobile for Aftco’s and your next favorite Chaco’s; but when the air is crisp and the mountains are calling, come check us out for all of your Ski gear essentials. We love to travel as much as you and we know preparing for a trip can be daunting especially when you have to outfit the whole family. To make it simple, we have everything you need to hit the slopes! All you will need to do is rent your ski’s and boots and of course- have fun!


We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors