I am not a big fan of shopping. When I go into a store, I usually know what I am there to get and I leave. But, when it comes to sporting goods, I am like a woman in a shoe store. I have to look at everything. Even if I cannot afford it, I can easily stare at sporting goods for hours.

Thankfully, we here in Missoula have a couple great options when it comes to sporting goods. We are a VERY outdoorsy community, and a good selection of sporting goods is essential.

First we have our homegrown sporting goods store, Bob Wards. This place has been outfitting Montanans for over 100 years.

Then we have Cabelas, which has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to hunting gear.

Soon, we will see a giant Scheels sporting goods store opening in Southgate Mall. Coming from someone who has worked at a Scheels store in the past, I can say that they will be good competition for Bob Wards. And good competition makes for good business.

But, speaking of competition, our sporting goods destination on North Reserve has sold to the competition.

According to globenewswire.com

In an effort to better serve its loyal customers, Sportsman’s Warehouse has entered into a definitive agreement to join the Great American Outdoors Group, parent company of Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, White River Marine Group and a collection of nature-based resorts.

The driving force behind the partnership is the two companies’ similar histories and highly complementary business philosophies and geographic footprints. Both entities share a passion with their customers for fishing, camping, hunting, boating and other outdoor activities. Likewise, both are highly acclaimed retailers with well-deserved reputations for a broad offering of outstanding brand name and proprietary products, superior customer service, deeply knowledgeable team members and an unwavering passion for conservation. Uniting together represents an unprecedented “win-win” opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.

From the sounds of it, Sportsmans Warehouse will not be going anywhere soon. But, now they will be able to carry a larger line of products. Including Bass Pro Shop and Cabelas gear.

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