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Posted: 12/7/2017 9:49:28 AM EST
I saw on the news last night that Canfields is closing. Not saying they were awesome. But I hate to see locally owned businesses go out. They seemed to treat employees well since several were there a long time. And treated customers well also. News story blamed online competition.

I would like to remind everyone to support other local businesses while they are still here. Omaha Knife in LaVista, AM Military Surplus in Bellevue, I don't know how many little AR shops there are around. There is one in CB that people say good things about.
Link Posted: 12/8/2017 12:09:07 AM EST
What??? I loved that store!! Remember the old security guard at the door, sitting on the stool?? I'm talking 80s here.
Link Posted: 12/8/2017 6:36:49 PM EST
Didn't the family sell the store a few years ago? I went there a few times.
Link Posted: 12/10/2017 11:28:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DirtyHandsRob:
Didn't the family sell the store a few years ago? I went there a few times.
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this is copied from the "our store" section of their website: "In January of 2014 Richard Canfield retired and handed the business over to a former employee, Scott Marble. Scott worked for Canfield's for 10 years before going out into the sporting goods industry; gaining extensive experience on both the retail and manufacturer level."

You would think if he had that much industry experience he would have known better than to take on such a disadvantaged business. Meaning vs Sheels, Cabelas, Bass Pro and the internet.

When the new dude took it over he put up a wall to downsize the space. He discontinued the military surplus (that was a lot higher priced than the Bellevue surplus store). He also discontinued the "Shotgun Shell Sale" that had been a big deal prior to that. It was pallets and pallets with a great variety and good prices. I don't know what else he changed. The knife counter at first improved, then was moving towards junk. So overall the store drifted away from my interests. But I assumed They were gaining other customers.

This whole year I was there only once or twice. But radio commercials kinda told a story. They were getting rid of some product lines that you think of them for (I don't remember what) and putting in a professional bike shop. Seemed weird, especially since it was late summer, when I would think people are not buying bikes. Then more recently their commercials were about internet price matching. I didn't think either of those were good ideas, but it didn't cross my mind that they were desperate plays from the death bed.

I don't buy on Amazon. If I can't get it locally I would rather buy from a stores website or on ebay where the seller is a small store somewhere else. Things like drain cleaning, HVAC and etc I use the small companies that can't afford a lot of advertising and where the owner might be the dude doing the work. So I really don't like seeing these people throw in the towel, even if they have been making some questionable decisions.
Link Posted: 12/12/2017 2:03:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/12/2017 9:49:58 PM EST
I remember going there a few times over the past few decades. I never cared for the surplus stuff, though I would probably appreciate that a lot more now. We did buy several things there over the past couple of years as my wife and I were starting to gear up to go camping with friends. I really liked how knowledgeable they are and loved it. I was willing to spend extra money to support a local business. They had nice 20% off anything coupons, too. This is really sad because they had a tent that I really wanted.
Link Posted: 12/14/2017 11:13:10 AM EST
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