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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wholesale Sports to close in Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene.

The Canadian based big box sporting goods chain Wholesale Sports has announced they plan to close their stores in both Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. The stores will end business as Wholesale Sports on March 10th. The closure includes both it's stores in Coeur d' Alene ( on Government Way, in front on Costco) and the store at the Northtown Mall in Spokane.

The Northtown Mall location had just relocated last year from a shopping plaza space near the Spokane Valley Mall to the new in-mall location at Northtown. The parent company of Wholesale Sports, Calgary,AB based UFA Co-Operative Ltd. is closing it's US retail interests to refocus on it's main stores across Canada.

Some of the Wholesale Sports stores in the US will revert back to Sportsman's Warehouse which was the original owner of the stores in Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. 4 stores in the US ,including the local Wholesale Sports locations will close altogether.

The Northtown Mall Wholesale Sports store employs about 40 and the Coeur d' Alene location about 35,no word on the status of those employees.