September 14, 2017 6:15 pm
Updated: September 21, 2017 2:26 pm

12 Wholesale Sports stores in Western Canada closing after 30 years

Wholesale Sports

The Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters chain of a dozen hunting, fishing and camping supply stores in Western Canada is shutting down after 30 years in business.

The operation owned by Calgary-based UFA Co-operative Ltd. closed stores on Thursday afternoon to tell staff their jobs were ending.

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There were 12 Wholesale Sports stores with 440,000 square feet of retail space across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The chain had revenue of $103 million in 2016, down nine per cent from $113 million in 2015.

The news comes at a time of consolidation for outdoors destination superstores with American giant Bass Pro Shops snapping up rival Cabela’s in a US$4.5-billion deal announced a year ago. Both U.S. companies operate stores in Canada.

UFA, which bought Wholesale Sports in 2008, sold its U.S. stores in 2013.

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