All Sports stores to close in September

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.”

 

Sports Time Fan Shop acquires Jocks and Jills merchandise and plans sale

WICHITA — It was about this time last year that sports memorabilia and apparel stores All Sports and Jocks and Jills announced plans to merge, but it never happened.

All Sports is still in business, but Garden Plain State Bank ended up seizing the Jocks and Jills merchandise.

“They’ve been sitting with this merchandise for a year,” says Sports Time Fan Shop owner Tad Snarenberger.

He’s acquired that merchandise, which he describes as an interesting mix of some odd and some fantastic items such as shirts, hoodies and jackets, among other things.

He plans to sell it all in a pre-Father’s Day sale at both his stores, which are at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize and Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Sports Time generally has a sidewalk sale before every Father’s Day anyway.

“This is a good vehicle for us to move this close-out stuff . . . and get it out of there,” Snarenberger says.

All Sports and Jocks and Jills had a planned a large new store on the east side, but the economy soured the deal, All Sports owner Randy Staub says.

“We really kind of felt like it was going to be risky from our side to try and make that happen,” Staub says. “We just felt like we had to back away.”

Snarenberger says Jocks and Jills had been a great competitor.

“I was sorry to see them go,” Snarenberger says. “But it’s a good opportunity for us, and it’s also going to be a good opportunity for customers because they are going to get stuff dirt cheap.”

All Sports to open new store at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — For almost a year, Randy Staub has sold some of his All Sports merchandise within the Golf USA store at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

Now, he’s getting his own 4,500-square-foot space there.

“A couple of years ago, I don’t think I would have moved it to the Chisholm Trail, but they’ve done a great job being aggressive and getting it filled back up,” Staub says.

He’s closing his 1,400-square-foot shop in Derby prior to opening the Newton store.

Read More »

All Sports and Jocks and Jills to open east-side store together

wujockWICHITA — Sports memorabilia and apparel stores All Sports and Jocks and Jills are going to open an east-side store together by August.

“It didn’t make sense for both of us to be out here, so let’s merge and make one big sports store,” says Jocks and Jills owner Steve Drennan.

In anticipation of the merger, Drennan closed his Jocks and Jills at 3236 N. Rock near Buffalo Wild Wings about two weeks ago.

kujockDrennan and All Sports owner Randy Staub are considering three potential east-side sites and expect to make a decision soon. The new store likely will contain both store names “to make sure everybody knows,” Staub says.

Read More »