For more than 70 years Nebraskans headed to Canfield’s Sporting Goods store at 84th and West Center Road for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and other outdoor supplies. Longtime employee Scott Marble bought the store in 2014 and then received bad news one year later that took a big bite out of his bottom line.
Marble says, “In 2015 we received a letter from the Boy Scouts of America saying they were ending our distributorship agreement. That represented about 15% of our business plus a lot of traffic that would come in to buy the other things that we sold. That was realty the beginning.”
Marble says they did many things to control expenses and make up for that loss but extremely warm winters since buying the store and the popularity of online shopping contributed to their decision to close. He says vendors became online competitors and that also hurt sales. He says there were too many headwinds to compete and made the difficult decision to close their doors for good.
Canfield’s is closing on Thursday to prepare for the liquidation sale that will start on Friday. Everything in the store will be 20% to 50% off through Christmas. After that they will start the second phase of the liquidation sale and plan to close for good at the end of January or February.
Marble says, “For me specifically, owning the store was about being able to take part and possibly improve the experiences our customers were having in the outdoors. That was our mission and we’ve been blessed and extremely fortunate to be able to help those people. It has been a privilege for us to be able to be a part of the Omaha community and to interact with and know them better.”