Boot Barn, a fast-growing retailer dedicated to western and work-related apparel, footwear and accessories has 162 stores across 24 states. The stock priced at the upper end of its range at $16, opening at $18.57. From the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, CEO, Jim Conroy, tells TheStreet’s Jill Malandrino going public in the current retail environment was the next logical step in the company’s maturation process. Boot Barn is growing at a rate of 10% new stores per year and the plan is to continue to build into a national chain. Conroy explains, Boot Barn is less about being trendy, but being an everyday, lifestyle product.