Published July 06, 2011, 09:48 AM

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters closing Fargo store

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Fargo store, saying its performance failed to meet expectations.

FARGO – Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Fargo store, saying its performance failed to meet expectations.

All 38 store employees have been asked to stay on until the inventory is sold and the store closes its doors in about 12 weeks, according to today’s news release announcing the closure.

“Closing a store is always a very difficult decision,” Glenn Bingley, chief operating officer, said in the release. “We have had a really dedicated team working in Fargo but despite their best efforts, we have not been able to establish a strong base in this area. We have considered all our options, but at the end of the day, it’s just not a viable market for us.”

Wholesale Sports acquired the Fargo store and 14 locations in the Pacific Northwest when Sportsman’s Warehouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009.

The Fargo store, located at 4901 13th Ave. S., is the easternmost U.S. location in Wholesale Sports’ network of 26 stores, located primarily in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

“This location was somewhat of an anomaly for us. It did not fit our footprint or infrastructure nor did it perform to our expectations,” Bingley said.

All other Wholesale Sports locations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wash-ington and Canada will remain open.

According to Bingley, a store closing sale will begin today and continue until all merchandise is sold. All store fixtures, including apparel racks, shelving and lighting, will also be sold.

Wholesale Sports will honor gift cards throughout the sale. The store will accept returns for all items purchased before today in accordance with the company’s return policy, but all sales after today at the Fargo location will be final.

Wholesale Sports is a subsidiary of Calgary, Alberta-based UFA Co-operative Limited, a member-owned agricultural cooperative.

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