WICHITA — Not quite five years after opening at Boulevard Plaza at Lincoln and George Washington Boulevard, Bass Hooligans is closing due to the economy.
“All fishing is discretionary fun,” says Jerry Harper, who owns the tackle shop.
He first started noticing a drop off in business a couple of years ago when gas prices went over $3 a gallon.
“The numbers of people dwindled proportionately.”
Then came more aircraft layoffs.
“That didn’t help.”
Harper says the business never recovered.
He’ll keep an online store at www.basshooligans.com.
The physical store will close after Sept. 18.
Harper has started discounting merchandise by 20 percent and will offer 30 percent off by the week the store closes.