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Galyan's Discountinuing handguns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Wolfy, Oct 7, 2004.

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  1. Wolfy

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    I heard this last night that since Dick's bought Galyan's they are phasing out handguns. They will sell off the remaining inventory and then thats it. They are offering $25 off any handgun less than $500 and $50 off handguns over $500.
     
  2. SJG26

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    Heard via rumor????

    Please cite sources and back up where ever possible-------the statement was made a few days/weeks ago on here and looks like its growing legs now!
     
  3. El Tejon

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    "My source, the Internet." Peggy Hill, citizen of the Republic of Texas.:D
     
  4. sturmruger

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    I hate to see any big name retailer stop selling handguns. Gaylans never did have good enoug pricing to inspire me to want to buy from them.
     
  5. SteveS

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    Unfortunately, where I live, their prices were/are way better than other shops. I hope this turns out to just be a rumor.
     
  6. farscott

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    I just called my local Galyan's (Town Center Commons in Kennesaw, GA) and spoke to "Bob" in the "Hunting Department" (ext. 343). I asked for a price on a Ruger Mark II. He informed me that as a result of the purchase by Dick's, Galyan's is now "out of the handgun business". He also provided me with the names of three local dealers that would welcome my business.

    Seems like this one is not an Internet rumor.
     
  7. hollowhandle

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    I was at the one in Frisco, TX 2 weeks ago. The gun desk manager helped me with a price match on ammo. He thin informed me about the discontinuation of Pistol sales. He said he know it was coming for a month or so because he was not getting any new pistol supplies or magazines.
    Chip
     
  8. GigaBuist

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    Well, there goes my only reason for stopping in there to browse.

    This might not be a reaction to anything "PC" either -- they could just be poor sellers for them due to the slightly higher prices.
     
  9. Darkside

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    Galyans in Overland Park, KS had fairly decent prices on their firearms. The thing I will mis most about Galyans is the local selection of GOOD camping/backpacking gear, not the so-so Coleman stuff you can get a Walmart.

    Darkside
     
  10. Wolfy

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    My source is a retired LEO who now works the gun counter. I posted this because I figured him to be a reliable source and not something I read on the internet.
     
  11. RobW

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    Another one with no reason to browse again and buy some gadgets in other departments.
     
  12. treeprof

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    Dick's will not sell handguns, and neither will Galyans now that Dick's owns them. As farscott wrote, handguns are already gone from Galyan's around Atlanta. In fact, the coupon for handgun discounts in their last advert came after the handguns had already disappeared from under the counters.
     
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    I was in Galyans in Fairfax last week and they still had many handguns in the case.

    Chris
     
  14. Harry Tuttle

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    Galyan's stores bought by Dick's Sporting Goods chain
    http://www.gazette.net/200440/business/news/238618-1.html

    David S. Spence/The Gazette

    Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. of Pittsburgh bought Galyan's Trading Co. Inc. for $360 million. The deal includes this Galyan's store in Gaithersburg's Washingtonian Center.

    The clock is running out for Galyan's.

    The sporting-goods chain, among the pioneers in "interactive" retailing with rock-climbing walls and putting greens in its stores, has been sold to Dick's Sporting Goods Inc.

    All four dozen Galyan's, including the trendy two-level store in Gaithersburg's Washingtonian Center, are expected to be converted to Dick's in the first half of next year.

    Dick's, a Pittsburgh company that started five decades ago as a bait-and-tackle shop, wrapped up its $360 million deal for Galyan's Trading Co. Inc. in late July.

    "We're very focused on that core athlete or outdoor enthusiast," Edward W. Stack, Dick's CEO, said last week at an investment conference. Officials at Galyan's could not be reached for comment.

    "If you look at the merchandise mix, Dick's has focused on equipment (known as) the hard lines," said Reed Anderson, a senior analyst at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc., an Arlington, Va., investment banking and brokerage.

    Sales in hard lines, such as equipment, nears 60 percent, Anderson said, while Galyan's was under 50 percent.

    About 40 percent of Galyan's sales were apparel, while Dick's clothing sales hover around 20 percent.

    "They execute well," said Anderson, who does not own stock in Dick's. "The store will look clean and tight."

    The combined company, projecting about $2.2 billion in sales this year, will be the nation's third-largest sporting goods retailer, behind Wal-Mart and The Sports Authority, according to reports prepared for investors.

    Most of Dick's stores are east of the Mississippi River, and by year's end the company plans to have 239 stores in 33 states.

    The deal gives Dick's an immediate foothold in lucrative suburban markets, including Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Dallas, executives said at a Banc of America Securities investment conference last week in San Francisco.

    "The strategic rationale for this acquisition was that it is primarily a real-estate play," Stack said. "We have a number of the two-level stores operating today. We're very comfortable with the returns we're able to have delivered out of those units."

    Stack is the son of the chain's founder, Richard "Dick" Stack.

    The 100,584-square-foot store along Washingtonian Center's retail main street opened in July 1998 and was an immediate magnet with its climbing wall, interactive displays and broad selection of upscale sporting goods and apparel.

    Galyan's only other Washington, D.C.-area store is in Fairfax, Va. The company is based in Plainfield, Ind.

    Analysts say Dick's, with $1.47 billion in sales in its last fiscal year, is a strong performer and gaining quickly on others in the $45 billion sporting-goods market.

    Smaller sporting-goods retailers are mostly likely to be pinched by the deal, they said.

    Dick's began re-engineering its business plan about eight years ago and hopes to grow sales of its private-label goods between 12 percent and 15 percent in the coming year, company executives said.

    "We are in a highly fragmented market," said Michael F. Hines, the company's CFO, at the conference.

    The nation's top five sporting-goods retailers account for just over 10 percent of the market, he said.
     
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    I was in Galyan's in Des Peres, MO (St. Louis) and they had 3 cases of pistols for sale and as many racks of rifles and shotguns.
     
  16. Wolfy

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    The pistols they have in stock are it once that inventory runs out they will no longer sell handguns.
     
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    What? No email to the new owner? They are free to do whatever they want but there are consequences to those actions.
     
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    "while Dick's clothing sales hover around 20 percent."

    No kidding, it's always on sale at the end of the season to get rid of it. I love to buy clothing at Dick's. It's always marked way, way, way down and they always have plenty in my size - and you know that Large and XL typically sells out first at most places.

    The first Galyans barely gets open here and now it's on the way out. Just what we need around here, more Dick's.

    Good thing we have better gun stores hereabouts.

    John
     
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    No hand guns or rifles up here in northern Illinois....Only shotguns...and few of those...
     
  20. Lord Bodak

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    We have a Galyan's and a Dick's pretty close together. Except for the fact that they carry (carried?) handguns, there was nothing at Galyan's to bring me back. Dick's has the best 10/22 prices around and occasionally has a good ammo deal-- but in light of this I may not shop there again.
     
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    The one here in Grand Rapids Michigan still has a lot of pistols still in stock, but when they are gone, they are gone. Too bad another store gets sucked up by a another. Galyans did have good prices on their guns, and they handled a lot of stuff, no one else handled, with a lot of sporting goods. Dicks has a limited supply of goods, and don't know what they are going to put in those mega stores. I have actually bought more stuff from dicks than galyans, it seems their prices are better, but don't handle as much.
    Does anyone have Dicks e-mail? So we can tell them of our displeasure of not handling handguns?
     
  22. Monkeyleg

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    If people continue to buy from the discount and chain stores instead of the independent shops, this will be the future.
     
  23. Standing Wolf

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    The last time I was in a Galyans, the individual behind the counter "needed" to see my driver's license before letting me look at a used Colt Detective Special. The gun was in sorry shape and grossly overpriced. I haven't been back: I don't care to be insulted by shop keepers.
     
  24. m39fan

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    I don't think e-mails to Dick's would accomplish much. Most salespeople I have dealt with at Dick's have made it clear they don't even want long guns in the store. Galyan's usually would deal with you and being a Hoosier, I was glad that an Indiana company was providing jobs. So much for that! I know that the origianl store in Plainfield is being shut down and the rumor is that the BRAND NEW Greenwood store is next just because a new Dick's was built close by. My 9 yr. old daughter is TICKED :fire: becuase she'll have to find another place with a rock wall!!! All in all, it's sad........
     
  25. JPL

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    That's the first I've heard of the sale, and I have to say that I'm VERY sorry to hear it.

    I stopped going to Dicks some years ago because A) their selection stinks, B) their prices on the limited range of items they do have stink, C) the attitude of the employees stinks.

    Looks like it's back to REI and Hudson Bay Outfitters (and their drastically higher prices) for me.
     
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