SERVING STATEN ISLAND SINCE 1973
We are saddened to announce the passing of Michael Parenti, founder of Bozo's Army & Navy Store on October 1, 2022. Establishing Bozo's on Staten Island after many years owning stores in Brooklyn, "Mikey" as his customers knew him, was the man who not only provided their workwear, but also brightened their day with jokes and his very frank opinions. Michael had many employees who worked for him over the years, always falling victim to his antics at any opportunity he saw fit. He loved them all, not just those who were his family. Mike was proud of sponsoring a championship Bozo's softball team in the mid-seventies. He was not only an employer and boss, but a beloved brother, father and grandfather. Michael will be missed dearly.
Before Bozo's Army & Navy Store opened in 1973 on Staten Island, there was Mr. Army & Navy located at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Foster Road and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Both businesses were established as traditional Army and Navy stores. Military surplus, footlockers, combat boots, medals and patches were popular items. But time changes everything. Our Brooklyn store closed and the inventory at Bozo's kept pace with current trends. In the 70's it was Lil Abner boots, and designer jeans. The 80's brought Crazee wear pants and acid wash jeans. The sneaker revolution took place during the nineties and there was the extremely baggy pant fad as well as the skin tight jean days. While we still have pea coats and military BDU's the business has evolved into a solid work clothing and footwear operation. High visibility clothing, safety rated work boots as well as gear to protect against cold and wet elements on the job are just some of the items available. In 2017 we were proud to have been named "Best Mom and Pop Apparel Store" by the Staten Island Advance. July 2018 brought our biggest change. After 45 years at our New Dorp location we made the decision to move to Great Kills. Knowing that we still have a strong customer base, quality products and service to offer, continuing in business was our preference but in order to do so we needed to seek out a new location. We are happy to be located now at 4170 Hylan Boulevard, just a short distance from our old storefront. As a fifth generation enters the family business, we are grateful to all of our customers who have supported us through the decades.
Bozo's Army & Navy Store specializes in men's work clothes in Staten Island, including outerwear, footwear and accessories. Carrying iconic brands with a reputation for reliability that the American worker wears on the job, we are proud to be one of the largest retailers of Carhartt and Red Wing in Staten Island. Timberland Pro, Thorogood, Dickies, Lee, Bates, Propper, New Balance, Rothco and Portwest are some of the other brands carried in stock.
Personal service with expertise of our product lines, for the individual consumer on a one to one basis or for the needs of your numerous company employees. With over 100 styles of work boots in stock and work clothing from base layer thermals to outerwear we can meet the needs of most industries.
Monday through Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm