t's a zero-sum game for bricks-and-mortar sporting goods retailers, so the demise of Sport Chalet and now Sports Authority could be a win for the few traditional players that still remain.
Although the industry has splintered, a few of the longtime chains —
namely Dick's Sporting Goods, Big 5 and REI — have remained healthy and
stand to gain now that the playing field is thinning out.
resilience is due to distinct business strategies: for Dick's, a massive
national footprint with a wide range of merchandise and niche products
such as firearms; for Big 5, smaller footprint stores with a more
limited assortment, but at lower prices; and for REI, a steadfast focus
on customer experience.. . . more