Thursday, April 28, 2016

When Sports Authority closes, these retailers win

Sports Authorityt'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.
Their 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

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