WICHITA — A disappointed Randy Staub is closing his two All Sports stores in Wichita and Newton.
“I just can’t do it anymore,” he says. “Ever since ’08 when the economy kind of went in the tank, our business kind of took a downturn.”
All Sports, which opened in 2005, is a sporting apparel and memorabilia shop. The Wichita store is in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler. A second store opened in Derby in 2007 and then moved to Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in the summer of 2009.
Staub estimates as much as 50 percent of his customers are aircraft workers – or were.
“We lost a lot of our buying power with those aircraft workers.”
Staub says most shoppers have cut back on discretionary spending.
“Our type of stuff falls to the bottom.”
Staub says it’s also hard to compete with the Internet and big-box stores.
“They’re killing off all the small businesses,” he says. “They want to be your sporting goods store, your pharmacy … your hardware store, your grocery store. They want to be everything.”
Staub says his store has more variety, with merchandise from a lot of secondary teams, than some of his competitors.
“We tried and tried,” Staub says. “We’ve got great customers, but I just don’t have enough.”
The stores likely will close in early September.
Staub isn’t sure what he’ll do next.
“Our whole family works here, so we all kind of got to look at doing something else.”