Dick’s Sporting Goods will pull hunting products from 10 stores later this year
By Christen Smith
Dick’s Sporting Goods will remove hunting merchandise from 10 stores later this year in favor of other athletic products. (Photo: Dick’s Sporting Goods/Facebook)
Dick’s Sporting Goods said this week it will begin pulling hunting products from 10 stores later this year.
Chief Executive Officer Ed Stack told investors Wednesday the category hurt the retailer’s bottom line in its second quarter ending July 29 — accounting for nearly half of its 4 percent decline in same store sales.
“Later this quarter, we will remove virtually all of the hunt products from 10 Dick’s stores with the category with significant under performance and replace it with products and in-store experiences that are most relevant to our athletes in those markets,” he said.
It’s unclear which stores will undergo the changes, though top executives admitted a combination of “strategic decisions” and a long overdue shift in demand post-election meant the retailer’s gun sales were bound to take a hit.
“I mean right after the election, you go back and take a look at others in this industry that were public, or the manufacturers, and the quarter or so after the election, those businesses started to have a problem,” Stack said. “So we’ve seen this coming on the gun