Sportsman's Warehouse was like a mini-Cabelas -- only better because up here I could always buy things at Sportsman's cheaper than I could anywhere else. I've spent thousands in there over the past couple years -- just bought a rifle from them on the day they filed for Chapter 11 (didn't know it at the time). Good gear, good price...I really hate to see them go under. I was worried this might happen, because the franchise grew so rapidly. There have been too many franchises that expanded too fast and drove past their headlights.
I'm afraid that I will have to post a different type of reply than positive for Sportsman's Warehouse. I have been going to two of the stores here in Colorado since they both opened and have never seen enough reloading material on the shelves to even look. This also applies to loaded ammo. This has been through out the year so they can't claim that they ran out of stock or a seasonal buying streak. I watched one store threaten another sporting goods store by telling them that they were going to go to the manufacture of a product unless they sold it for the same price as Sportsman's Warehouse. This may of been an isolated problem but it happened. One plus is that most of the employees were more than helpful but then there were the lazy ones. Right now I can't wait until Cabela's gets their store built in Denver if it ever happens, but for the most part I will pass them by and go to other stores that are more helpful and have what I need.
I've been going to Sportsman's regularly for the past 3-4 years, and until about Sept-Oct they kept a pretty good selection of ammo and reloading components -- at least they did up here.
The Anchorage Sportsman's Warehouse is the most profitable store in the franchise. I sure wish Cabela's would come up here to Alaska, because they'd make a killing. Without exception, every Sportsman's Warehouse customer I know up here would much rather go to Cabela's.
Having an Alaska Cabela's would also add to their credibility when it comes to merchandise they offer. But I don't think Alaska fits their business model -- they build their stores on interstate corridors and Alaska doesn't fit the mold. What they're overlooking is the high percentage of potential customers in Alaska compared to other states, and the fact that Alaskans will travel great distances to shop -- and shop big when they're in town. Alaskans are also more demanding on their equipment and would patronize Cabelas because they offer things you just can't get from Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer. Alaskan hunters and fishermen spend a LOT of money on their sports. And finally, Alaska has a lot of tourists -- and a lot of people that come up here are interested in things that dovetail with the interests of Cabela's customers.
Heck, if Cabelas had any smarts they would open up some "Cabela's lite" stores along the lines of Sportsman's Warehouse -- offering Cabela's products without the huge floorspace, fish tank, log cabin architecture, etc. That way they could tap into markets like Alaska without as much overhead expense.
Cabelas has been trying to open a mega store here in Denver (Wheatridge actually) since 2005. The city of Wheatridge and it's residence have been red-taping it and the location still hasn't broken ground yet. The residence and surrounding businesses are worried about traffic. Like Denver doesn't already have a traffic problem 16 years old
As for Sportsman's Warehouse, they were the depot if you wanted ammo and reloading components. At least the stores in the Denver area and even the one in Medford Oregon.
I've been told that they're out of bankruptcy now and that things should improve. We'll see. The last time I was in there, the shelves weren't so bare. They actually had ammo that wasn't .223 WSSM or .405 Winchester. But the shelves for reloading components were still cleaned out. I frankly don't know how they could've been in financial trouble considering the amount of money I spent on gear in that store since moving to Alaska.
Critter, I'm with you on the one in Grand Junction, but good news this summer Cabelas is coming to Grand Junction and moving into the old Mervyn's part of the mall.
I saw that in the news the other day. Now I can't wait until next summer when they open up. I was wondering where on the mall that they were going. All the news cast said on the south side and I couldn't think where on the south side they had room to build.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...