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Brownells Opens Retail Store in Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell, Iowa (April 12, 2016) – The 77-year-old, Iowa-based firearm industry giant Brownells, Inc. has opened its first ever retail store location in Grinnell, Iowa. Known worldwide for its all-things-firearms website – – and their enormous catalogs, the Grinnell retail store marks the company’s first brick and mortar location.

The 7,000 sq. ft. retail store, attached to Brownells’ new 245,000 sq. ft. distribution center, is located at 3006 Brownells Parkway in Grinnell, Iowa, just a few yards off Interstate 80 at the 182 mile marker.

Visitors to the new retail location will experience one of the nicest and most unique gun stores they’ve ever visited. They’ll be greeted by nearly 1,200 new and used firearms, plus a large selection of ammunition, optics, parts and accessories, all set against an outdoorsy backdrop with rich wood accents and a world-class taxidermy collection. If customers don’t find what they’re looking for on the shelves, they’re invited to order from the warehouse where any of the nearly 100,000 firearms-related items will be delivered to the store in minutes.

“Our company has been family-owned and Iowa-based for 77 years,” said third-generation owner and CEO, Pete Brownell. “We’ve done business nationally and internationally for decades, but we’re excited to have an Iowa focus now with our retail store. What’s most unique about this store is that it’s located in the same walls as our distribution center. This equates to a fantastic customer experience and the best of both worlds; a beautiful retail store to transact and access to a huge selection of products unrivaled anywhere in the world.”

Brownells retail store hours are as follows:

Monday: 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 9AM – 8PM
Saturday: 9AM – 6PM
Sunday: Closed

A grand opening for the retail store is being planned for Saturday, June 11, 2016.

For more information about Brownells’ new retail store, or to get in touch with Brownells retail, call 641-236-0001 or visit


10 Responses to “Brownells Opens Retail Store in Grinnell, Iowa”

  1. JKifer says:

    Nicely done

  2. Jon, OPT says:

    This is huge, great going Brownells!

  3. BlackBeard says:

    This is awesome! Congratulations Brownells! Almost makes it worth living in Iowa!

  4. DK says:

    Only problem is their customer service is abhorrent.

    • PETE says:


      My Brownell’s’ experience is just the opposite – excellent return policy/process, will ship less than complete orders in a timely manner and willing to help when you call in. Minuses are a wonky website occasionally and they rarely ship same day.

      I ship an order a quarter from Brownells and have been absolutely satisfied. Not trying to criticize the post, just would like to know more details on what went wrong.

  5. Pat says:

    This is great…who lives in Iowa?

    • SSD says:

      I don’t anymore but I thought it was cool.

      • Erik says:

        I actually just drove by the store on my way to Illinois; didn’t know it was open. I’ll have to stop in and check it out on my way back out west.

  6. Jeff S says:

    Funny that it’s in Grinnell… There’s an extremely “progressive” college there – hopefully no on had to go to a safe space after hearing about Brownell’s retail store opening. I imagine their catalog operation was pretty low profile.

    • GStudent says:

      Student at the College here, I actually walked 7 miles to go to the LGS when I was bored on break. They’re probably are going to be the ones who get fucked the hardest by this store.

      The Brownells distribution operation still sponsored local events, their presence wasn’t unknown at the college. More ire was focused on the regional AFB for operating drones…

      As for me, I’ll visit for sure.