Duckwall-ALCO Stores, based in Abilene, Kan., is a regional retailer that offers a wide variety of products, such as candies, snacks, food, crafts, health and beauty aids, housewares, and jewelry. The firm operates more than 250 retail stores under brand names, ALCO and Duckwall. ALCO stores offer a full line of merchandise, including men's, women's and children s apparel, automotive and domestic items, electronics, video and audio products, fabrics, furniture, gifts, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, shoes and hosiery, sporting goods, stationery, and toys. The Duckwall Stores offers general merchandise in smaller communities. Duckwall-ALCO Stores was founded by A.L. Duckwall in 1901.