Shrevepans Academy Outdoor Sports store will be closing for good in the spring, after more than three years of operation.
The store opened in 2012 and has since been named one of the best outdoor sports stores in the country by USA Today.
In 2018, it became one of only three outdoor sports outlets in Louisiana to sell the Outdoor Superstore, which has become the best-selling outdoor gear store in the US and sold over one million units in 2018.
The chain’s owner, Kevin Denton, told the Daily Mail that he’s planning to close the store for good by the end of the month.
“We are very sorry for the customers we have lost over the years, and we will have a full-scale, one-stop shop to make up for that,” he said.
“It’s not something we have done for many years and it’s not a good feeling to have.”
The store’s closure comes at a time when the outdoor gear industry is suffering due to the effects of climate change, which is forcing many outdoor sports shops to shutter their doors.
“As more and more people start to get outside again, we have to be aware of what is going on and how to adapt to it,” Shreveports Outdoor Sports founder and owner Kevin Dickson told the LA Times.
“We are still doing that and we are going to be here for a while.”
Dickson said the chain had seen a lot of customers leave the store in recent years, due to a lack of outdoor gear and the increased demand for sports apparel and other outdoor gear.
“In the last year, I have noticed a lot more people leave the shop than ever before,” he told the Times.
“I have seen a decrease in people buying in the last couple of years.
It’s just too much for me to handle.””
We need to be doing this in a way that makes sense for the business and for the community.”
Shreveport is the third city to close its outdoor sports shop after Louisiana, Louisiana City and New Orleans.