Fred Meyers in Oregon again selling guns, both handguns and rifles/shotguns


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JohnnyOrygun
July 8, 2011, 02:11 AM
Mods, if this isn't the right section for this thread, please move it to the right section. I was in the Roseburg, OR Fred Meyers today picking up a birthday present for my daughter and I noticed that their was a new counter in the very small sporting goods department, basically one aisle, and it was a gun counter! :what:Rifles, shotguns, and handguns! While for years Fred Meyer's had sold guns, when they were bought up by Kroger, that went away. Apparently, there are has been some corporate policy changes and the guns are back. That is great!

It's been just about 20 years since I saw guns for sale in Freddie's (what locals call Fred Meyers) Their sporting goods departments used to be pretty large and it looks like they are coming back. So that is great.

I did a search to see if anyone else had posted this subject and didn't find it, I did see where a member had received a letter from Kroger's stating that they would follow local law in dealing with open carry. I know our local store has always allowed open carry, as I was in the deli department one day and there was a group of senior citizens sitting at one of the tables drinking coffee and one of the gentlemen had a revolver on his hip. I was tempted to walk by and give him a thumbs up, but I decided that I didn't need to make a big deal out of it.

Anyhow, I wanted to share this bit of great news, in a day and age of large retailers dropping firearms, it's good to see one bringing them back. All the more reason for me to continue to shop at Freddie's.

John

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Nushif
July 8, 2011, 02:51 AM
Sweet!

The one in Corvallis does not have one yet, but it is nice to see that!

Dnaltrop
July 8, 2011, 03:13 AM
Old news but good news. I emailed Freddies when the news first broke, but no firm answers about getting anything even close to the metro area for me.

That would be so very dangerous... to my wallet.... I'll stick to Bi-mart and the LGS for now.

Their CCW policy is to follow state law too. All hail sanity and reason.

Edit. I still miss GI Joes.

JohnnyOrygun
July 8, 2011, 04:05 AM
Yeah, I miss GI Joes too.... never got used to calling it just "Joes" but the cabelas in Springfield is nice.... kind of a drive though.

I think the guns at Freddies is only for the rural or more rural stores, after I started this thread I did some further research and found out that it appears they are only coming to rural stores or more rural stores. But even so, if they do good in rural stores, they might expand to the more urban areas. I was really sad when guns disappeared from freddies, I would take my mom to freddies for groceries and I would go browse the gun and sporting goods section.

HorseSoldier
July 8, 2011, 11:21 PM
While for years Fred Meyer's had sold guns, when they were bought up by Kroger, that went away.

Never went away up here in the great white north. Fred Meyer even has coupons for guns up here from time to time.

gbran
July 8, 2011, 11:48 PM
I have only been in one Fred Meyers. A few years ago, I went to Alaska for about 10 days. I stayed in Soldotna, which had a well stocked Fred meyers store. Very large selection of guns, especially big bores.

KAS1981
July 9, 2011, 12:59 AM
Very interesting. I live in Coos Bay, I'll have to keep an eye on our Freddie's.

I sure with Bi-Mart would sell handguns, they'd easily be the least expensive place to buy if they did.

JohnnyOrygun
July 9, 2011, 06:02 AM
I agree, I wish Bi-Mart would sell handguns too. My wife works at wally world and since wally world has a price matching policy, she told me that bi-mart is the store that she most often has to do price matches for. I thought that was interesting, bi-mart must be doing something right!

RX-178
July 9, 2011, 12:00 PM
Last time I was in that Fred Meyers in Anchorage, HorseSoldier, the prices were ABOVE MSRP!

Guess it's better than not having a gun counter though, can't argue there.

KAS1981
July 9, 2011, 01:39 PM
I agree, I wish Bi-Mart would sell handguns too. My wife works at wally world and since wally world has a price matching policy, she told me that bi-mart is the store that she most often has to do price matches for. I thought that was interesting, bi-mart must be doing something right!

LOL My wife works at Bi-Mart. The employee discount is nice for ammo!

Gladius
July 9, 2011, 06:32 PM
I agree, I wish Bi-Mart would sell handguns too. My wife works at wally world and since wally world has a price matching policy, she told me that bi-mart is the store that she most often has to do price matches for. I thought that was interesting, bi-mart must be doing something right!
I just wish Bi-Mart would rescind their "four box" ammo purchase limit.... the panic is over, you could loosen up a little now.....

Dnaltrop
July 9, 2011, 06:37 PM
Jealous of KAS a bit now...

Usually have good prices on the ammo at Bi-mart even without having a relative working there, lower than average at least. They also had some of the only .45 colt in town when the shortages were worst.

Also where I get my Franz peanut butter and oatmeal cookies... I'm not completely without vices. ;)

That reminds me, time for another brick of .22 and some cookies.

GEM
July 9, 2011, 08:57 PM
Wow - they only sold cheese when I was there.

I do remember that the Payless Drug store in the Beaverton Mall had a handgun counter. I almost bought an Automag 22 Mag semi (IIRC) but didn't.

I'll ask family if they have started doing that in Portland.

JohnnyOrygun
July 10, 2011, 04:54 PM
The employee discount is nice, I use my wife's employee discount to buy all sorts of stuff at wally world. What is nice, while she doesn't work in sporting goods, she does know how to order guns for people. A lot of people don't realize that wally world will order guns for you. I need to try that out :)

SFCRandall
July 10, 2011, 05:48 PM
Bi Mart sells a boatload of firearms where I live. No other discount retailer offers them and I think they are starting to realize the potential loss in revenue. Freddies, Big K and Walmart in this area all stopped selling them for political reasons and in my opinion, under estimated demand.

KAS1981
July 10, 2011, 11:44 PM
Bi-Mart's firearm prices are store cost + 10%....that's why I wish they'd stock handguns!

Their sale prices can be great, too. My mom picked up a Marlin 1895G for my dad for Father's day for $459 on sale.

As for Fred Meyer.....I was at our local Freddy's today and didn't see any changes to the sporting department. I should have asked an employee if they knew of anything but I was kind of in a hurry. Next time.

OcelotZ3
July 11, 2011, 12:02 AM
Very interesting. I live in Coos Bay, I'll have to keep an eye on our Freddie's.

The one in Brookings had guns before Christmas last year so I would be surprised if Coos Bay didn't already have them in too.

BBDartCA
July 11, 2011, 01:04 AM
I was at 2 Oregon Freddies this week and saw no guns or Ammo. Urban Freddies so that makes sense.

But was at a Bi-Mart and their prices on reloading components were better than Cabellas and Wholesale sports. Brass and Bullets about 2 to 3 bucks less per containers. Powder prices better too. Decent selection of RCB dies. Coed behind the counter knew here stuff too. Ammo prices worse than wally world but its better to support the locals. Plus, Lagunitas Maximus IPA for 2 bucks a 22oz bottle! Gotta love Bi-Mar!!

searcher451
July 11, 2011, 02:49 PM
I've yet to see any at the Freddie's in Salem, which is no great surprise, but I also didn't see anything in the Redmond store -- and that is something of a surprise. Unless, of course, I missed something or wasn't paying close enough attention?

theSHADOEknows
July 16, 2011, 05:02 PM
The one in Bend has a gun counter now. Although the young kid working it doesn't know too much about the stuff he's selling. I asked him for a good full sized gun that I could open carry as a Security Guard and the first thing he pointed too was...

...a Ruger LCP! :banghead:

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