Jax began in 1953 as humble structure built on the edge of the Dreher family pickle farm boarding Highway 287 in north Fort Collins. The Dreher boys constructed it out of steel once used to hold up steam engine water tanks and wooden ammunition crates. The boys sold military surplus items they purchased after attending a government sale.
Thirty-three years later, Jim Quinlan purchased Jax Surplus from the Dreher family and expanded the store to include more hunting, fishing, outdoor clothing, footwear, camping supplies, hardware, and added kitchenware, books and toys. Later he added a coffee bar and athletics.
Over 50 years later Jax is still doing it. The designs have changed, the materials are lighter and stronger, and the gear is more innovative. Our staff is continuously educated on all the products we sell and is here to help you get the best equipment for your next adventures.
Whether you are looking for the latest and greatest or still hoping to pick-up some of the old classics, Jax is the place.
Today, Jax Mercantile Company includes 6 stores: Jax Outdoor Gear and Jax Ranch & Home located in Fort Collins; Jax Outdoor Gear of Ames, Iowa; Jax Outdoor Gear • Ranch & Home in Loveland; and Jax Outdoor Gear and Jax Ranch & Home in Lafayette.