If/when Acadamy Sports comes to town people feel that it will be tough on ****'s Sporting Goods. It might but either way the owner's will be happy because ****S and Acadamy Sports actually are owned by the same folks or that's what I've been told.
Actually that's not a bad idea as whether a person goes to ****S or Academy the same owners get the business.
While Sweetwater / Bass Pro Shops ****** around in Lauderdale and Madison / Decatur, playing turf games, Academy established themselves in Decatur off Beltline and Spring Ave. So far, their only competition, long time Wileys, comes and goes.
And when Gander Mountain moved in right down the street from Larrys in Huntsville, it brought Larry's more gun business because of his offerings and prices.
Cabelas built in Madison. Larry's opened up right with them along with another gun store in Madison I've forgotten the name. Not only that, right across from Cabela's Drive in Madison, D*I*c*k*s is opening/open. Combined with Larry's Huntsville, Gander Mountain will be a K-Mart soon.
Winners: Larry's 2 locally owned stores and Academy's D*I*c*k*s
PS, the head honchos of Ruger visited Larry's April 9th. Cabelas, Academy, nor Gander Mountain are going to beat their prices.
In the Shoals, you have Gander Mountain and Shoals Outdoor. Shoals Outdoor gets more of my business.