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Whether it’s high fashion or low prices, the Fort Smith Region boasts open-air and indoor malls, boutiques, one-of-a-kind shops and antique dealers to fit every style and taste.

For decades, Fort Smith served as the last wagon train stop for supplies before heading out west.  Today, thriving retail stores are plentiful in Fort Smith Region.  Many shopping destinations are conveniently located and offer everything from daily necessities to specialty items.

When it comes to shopping, Fort Smith is a buyers’ market and a hub of retail activity attracting visitors from the entire Fort Smith Region.  The 3000,000 residents plus visitors to the region enjoy a wide array of shopping venues.

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce is working with our members and the City of Fort Smith to promote local retailers in our region with a Shop Local campaign.  Shopping locally strengthens our economy in many ways.  Make a commitment to support local retailers and look for the Shop Local signs posted in windows throughout the region; spend your money, where you make your money.  From downtown to Chaffee Crossing, there are locally owned and operated stores and businesses to utilize for both your personal and business needs.

Retailers along the downtown riverfront area of Garrison Avenue provide as assortment of boutiques, flower shops and charming cafes.  Clothing stores ranging from consignment to trendy, elegant antique shops and even an Old West cowboy treasure chest dot the downtown area.

A short drive away from downtown area on Rogers Avenue offers a big-city experience with several shopping centers and the region’s largest mall - Central Mall of Fort Smith.  With everything from department stores to jewelry boutique to toy shops to beauty apothecaries, the mall offers something for everyone.

National retailers have eagerly joined the directory.  The region has proved attractive to companies like Target, which anchors the Fort Smith Pavilion.  Well-known department store names include Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Other national chains are Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, PetCo, Old Navy and Walmart, with its corporate headquarters just north of Fort Smith.

Showcasing the area’s artistic side and vendors is the newly opened Brick City Emporium.  With more than 100 vendors and artists, you’re sure to find that perfectly unique gift or special treat for yourself.

Want a new car?   The current bestseller?  A diamond ring?  A new tattoo?  A musical instrument?  We really do have it all.