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The Swamp Fox Trading Company is located in historic uptown Shelby, NC which is located in the foothills of North Carolina and is home to many area attractions including the Earl Scruggs Center and the Don Gibson Theater. The Swamp Fox Trading Company was founded in 2014 by Joel Elam and his wife Stephanie. As outdoor lovers, Joel and Stephanie recognized a need for quality outdoor apparel and gear in Shelby and the idea for a retail store in the uptown district was born. The Swamp Fox Trading Company was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Francis Marion played a very important role in winning our independence from British rule. His guerilla warfare tactics were unmatched in the war and a key British general nicknamed Francis Marion the "damned 'ol swamp fox"; which at first was a derogatory term but later embraced as an honorable nickname. Many streets, towns, counties, parks, trails and businesses are named in honor of Francis Marion.


The Swamp Fox Trading Company carries brands such as The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, Marmot Mountain, Sherpa Adventurewear, Lodge, HydroFlask, Fits Socks, Rosebud Salves, Clif, CamelBak, JetBoil, and more. We also carry local art, pottery, preserves, jewelry, and more.


Feel free to stop in and shop, tell a story or two and enjoy a bottle of ice cold Coca Cola. We look forward to seeing you soon!