Skip to main content

Longtime sporting goods retailer Hoigaard's sold to Vail Resorts

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Hoigaard's Inc., a century-old outdoor equipment and apparel store in the Twin Cities, is being acquired by Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc., according to a news release. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

"We are thrilled to be adding such a premier and beloved outdoor specialty store in the Twin Cities area to our retail family," Kat Jobanputra, COO of Specialty Sports Venture -- the retail division of Vail Resorts -- said in a statement. "Hoigaard's has a stellar reputation and their commitment to outstanding selection, product knowledge and unparalleled customer service, are perfectly aligned with the qualities that define the Specialty Sports Venture culture and philosophy."

Hoiggard's 20,000 square-foot-store in St. Louis Park will retain its name and its president, Todd Brewer, who is married to a fourth generation member of the Hoigaard's family, Vail Resorts said. The "majority of existing employees" will also continue to work at the retailer.

The Star Tribune says the company's name on an old industrial smokestack in St. Louis Park became a local landmark.

In December, Vail Resorts bought Afton Alps near Hastings and another ski resort in Michigan for a combined $20 million. Last month, the company announced it plans to give the Afton ski area a $10 million facelift this summer.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking

The incident happened Wednesday night near a shopping center and Cub.

Alexander Odegaard

Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography

Alexander John Odegaard was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 12.15.21 PM

Victim in I-90 crash was storm-chasing meteorologist from Mexico

Martha Llanos Rodriguez died in the wreck on I-90.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Tickets still available for Minnesota State Fair preview event

The five-day Minnesota State Fair taster event, featuring over 30 food and drink vendors, is making its return at the end of the month.

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 11.47.44 AM

Woman critical after boyfriend stabs her in neck at light rail station

The boyfriend of the victim is said to have stabbed her, according to St. Paul Police.

Female wolf illegally killed by poachers within Voyageurs Wolf Project.

Female wolf illegally killed in Voyageurs National Park

Researchers for the project said this is the fourth collared wolf that has been illegally killed in the past two years by poachers.

116 E 22nd Ext

Gallery: Beautiful English-style home showcases grandeur of an earlier era

Located across Washburn Park and the Minneapolis Institute of Art


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 12

Eleven new deaths reported in today's update.

Image from iOS

Storm fells tree in Coon Rapids, splitting house in two

The family was reportedly in the basement at the time.


2-year-old dies in farming accident in western Wisconsin

The child was run over by farm equipment, according to the sheriff.

storm, severe, shelf cloud

Another bout of severe storms expected across MN

More nasty storms could spawn tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.