The Davis Story
Go West Young Men
In the late 1890's, two young Davis brothers from Arlington, Virginia decided to go west to pursue their dreams. They left family and traveled a great distance by hitch-hiking and by using small railroad pump cars. When they reached Louisiana, William Hamilton Davis decided to stop in Shreveport and accept a job with the Kansas City Railways.
His brother, James Ashby Davis, traveled on and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became a successful retailer in the plumbing and hardware business, real estate developer in the Santa Fe area and in Coral Gables, Florida, and one of the first supporters of the budding art community there in northern New Mexico.
1902 - 1948
In 1902, the area of Shreveport, Louisiana known as West End was a bustling neighborhood of working-class families and businesses. That year, William Hamilton Davis opened a general merchandise store on Texas avenue after suffering a leg injury while working on the railroad. He sold work clothes, shoes, hats, newspapers, and tobacco. At the time, the store was known as W.H. Davis General Merchandise (later becoming Davis' Men's Store when W.H.'s son took over the store many years later).
In 1902, there was a train yard in West End and Davis' contacts with the railroad men gave him a ready market pool and knowledge of the needs of those buyers. Davis had the original store built and included a second floor for living space. He and his family lived above the store until his death in 1951.
During the early years of the store, there were still cattle drives down Texas Avenue in front of the store. Clarence Lee Davis, the son of W.H., became the second generation owner of the store successfully helping his father guide it through the difficult days of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. During this time the store continued to evolve as a working man's store.
1949 - 1969
After World War II, Edsel and Bill Davis, the sons of Clarence Lee became the third generation to join the family business. Edsel had saved $1500 while serving in the US Navy during the war. After graduating from Baylor University, he decided to use that savings to add a Suit department to the merchandise mix at the store. The store then carried a full line of dress clothing, work clothes, shoes, hats, and sportswear.
1970 - 2014
As competition in the regular size men's clothing business intensified, the Davis brothers decided in 1970 to change their focus and became some of the first pioneers in the retail Big and Tall business. They changed the store's name to Davis' Big & Tall. Davis' fourth generation continued satisfying their clients with top-level customer service and a broad selection of name brand, quality clothing at their Texas Street retail location. A very knowledgeable sales staff is key to that customer service and satisfaction. After operating as a family owned business for more than a century, Davis' developed a reputation as the premier Big and Tall men's store in the Ark-La-Tex area.
In 1994, the fourth generation Davis brothers moved the business from Shreveport to Bossier City, Louisiana.
In 2003, Davis' entered the e-commerce business with its first web site and continues to provide a wide variety of clothing, footwear, and sporting goods items to customers nationwide who wish to shop online.
Third and fourth generations of the Davis family.
In early 2015, the Davis brothers built a new 25,000 square foot retail/warehouse location at 4481 Viking Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana and re-branded the business as Davis' Clothing & Outdoor. Davis' features regular size men's clothing, plus the largest selection of Big & Tall men's clothing in the Ark-La-Tex. In addition, Davis' also stocks sporting goods, work wear, western wear, golf apparel, casual clothing, outdoor clothing for fishing, hiking, hunting, and camouflage clothing.
Davis’ Clothing & Outdoor continues to stock quality name brands such as Drake, GameGuard, Muck, Dryshod, Carhartt, Nautica, Chaps by Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Wrangler, Ariat, TwistedX, Cinch, Cutter & Buck, Tori Richards, Callaway, Dockers, Savane, Columbia Sportswear, Carhartt, Kuhl, Huk, Southern Marsh, Banded, Duck Dog, Aftco, Haggar, Dickies, Brighton, Jockey, Big Smith, Liberty, Key, Round House, Creekwood, Champion, Russell Athletic, Under Armour, Hanes, Five Brother, and Christopher Hart.
When in northwest Louisiana take exit 13 on I-220 and turn south onto Swan Lake Road. Make a right on Viking Drive and the store is located on the right.
From I-20, take the Industrial Drive exit and head north to Viking Drive and take a left. After turning left, the store will be directly on your right.
Store hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST.