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Now convinced that Sportsman/s is going under in Vancouver

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    After going to Sportsman's yesterday, I am now convinced that location is going out of business. They were down to a skeleton staff, the workers were pretty disgruntled, and the shelves are completely bare in the hunting department. One of the employees even had his kid with him as he was working. I overheard him say to another person "What are they going to do? Fire me?"
     
  2. Hill

    Hill pnw Member

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    That's bad.

    I went there for my first time only two weeks ago and although for a Sunday there were very few customers, every employee I spoke with including a nice kid behind the handgun counter impressed both my wife and I with how friendly and knowledgable they seemed to be. If they'd had a 7 1/2" Uberti Scofield instead of the 5 1/2" that did have I'd have left with it.

    Also we saw things for sale that we'd given up being able to find in a Vancouver brick and mortar outlet. Most especially I was glad to see the size of the reloading section of the store even though it did seem to be low on stock. I'd expect the lack of goods considering how much is being bought since the election.
     
  3. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    Maybe the deal for the Canadian investor to buy them out is falling through. One salesperson said the deal should have been completed in January.
     
  4. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Portland sportsmans isn't much better. Shelves are bare, you can usually find 9mm and 22lr ammo, anything else is a crap shoot.
     
  5. needs2hunt

    needs2hunt Tacoma Wa. Member

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    Ya i hit the sportsman here in Federal Way and the ammo is almost zero.. along with the reloading stuff... the guy at the gun counter told me they get there alotted shipments in on Thursday if you need any ammo be there that morning...:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:... i also hit Sportco and there ammo shelves seemed kinda low... picked up 4 bricks of 22lr though...:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
  6. Contento

    Contento Seattle Member

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    GI Joes is filing for bankruptcy...not going out of business(yet) just re-structuring.


    Hard times for sporting good stores?
     
  7. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    "Joes" problems are of there own making not really related to the sporting industry.
     
  8. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    How can that even be possible for any store that carries guns and ammo???
     
  9. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Credit line dried up + over extended with their suppliers + no product available = Dark Clouds
     
  10. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Because that is probably only a very small portion of their business and they don't sell the "in demand" items like assault rifles as much as they sell sporting non ban style rifles probably.
     
  11. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    doom and gloom, DOOM AND GLOOM
     
  12. Abe Froman

    Abe Froman West of Salem Active Member

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    A part of me wouldnt be sad to see them and even a few other chains go bye bye. When the big stores are gone smaller locally owned business will begin to thrive again.
     
  13. 9mmPDX

    9mmPDX 9miWofPDX Member

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    If there are any small locals stores left... usually the big boys come in and bleed the little guys to death.
     
  14. Abe Froman

    Abe Froman West of Salem Active Member

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    +1 It would be nice if the local business could make a comeback. Corporations are the death of local business.
     
  15. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    The last big repossession in the US saw a huge increase in small business start ups, I hope to see this happen again kind of a silver lining.
     
  16. Abe Froman

    Abe Froman West of Salem Active Member

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    I would much rather support someone in my community, even if it meant paying a little more.
     
  17. Contento

    Contento Seattle Member

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    Look for a "Wade's" opening near you soon! :laugh:
     
  18. Weathermaker

    Weathermaker Washington Member

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    Don't count on it bucko.
     
  19. Abe Froman

    Abe Froman West of Salem Active Member

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    Wow, I think somebody is being a negative Nancy. LOL:D
     
  20. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I can confirm the lack of anything by way of guns and ammo at Sportsman's in Vancouver. I went in today on the off chance there was any ammo, but just a lot of empty shelves. No 22lr, no handgun ammo to speak of, rifle ammo down to the more expensive stuff along the lines of Federal V-shok. On the other hand, if you have a 45GAP, there are still a few boxes. Shotgun ammo is the only thing they have in any quantity. Also, the handgun wall was a joke. I counted 15 total auto pistols, and 6 of those were Ruger mkIII style 22lr pistols. Just a whole lot of bare space. Now where will I get my fix? :(