Updated:
Original:

The clock's ticking, all Sports Authority stores will close for good

Author:

After months of uncertainty, the future of Twin Cities Sports Authority stores – and all Sports Authority Stores for that matter – has been decided. The sporting goods retailer will be closing them.

In March, the store announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would be shutting down more than a hundred stores. The retailer had been carrying more than $1.1 billion in debt.

At the time, Minnesota had nine Sports Authority stores – one in Rochester, eight in the Twin Cities.

The Rochester location was said to be the only Minnesota store that would shut down.

Now – almost three months later – the Colorado-based retailer says it's time to close Minnesota's eight remaining stores, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports.

Those stores are located in Minneapolis, Roseville, Coon Rapids, Richfield, Oakdale, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Burnsville.

The journal says the retailer had been hoping someone would step in and save the 300 remaining stores. But no such luck.

Sports Authority's decline was caused in part by the shift toward online shopping, the Associated Press says.

The closings will ultimately put about 14,500 workers out of jobs.

According to the Denver Post, Sports Authority plans to offer sales through the end of August. Those sales could start as early as next week. The final closing dates have not been confirmed yet, though.

There's already talk of who might be taking the retailer's empty spaces. Dick's Sporting Goods is one company that might try to nab some of the closing stores next month.

"There's a small group of stores we would love to get," Dick's CEO told the paper.

By "small group" the CEO is talking a couple dozen leases of the hundreds that will open up, the Post explains.

Next Up

Mohamed Noor

Ex-Minneapolis cop Noor resentenced to 57 months in prison

Justine Ruszczyk Damond's fiancé said he forgives Noor.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards was right: he is Houdini and his bag of tricks is incredible

Edwards put the entire league on notice with his season-opening performance.

Bob Fletcher

New 'public service' charter school backed by Ramsey Co. Sheriff to open

Efforts to open the school were spearheaded in part by Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher.

covid-19 testing site sign

Minnesota to offer free COVID rapid testing at 9 more sites

Three new rapid testing sites opened in Minnesota this week.

5625574757_b30f4efb7e_k

Elvis Costello cancels Mystic Lake show, will play vax-requiring First Ave instead

Those who bought tickets to Mystic Lake will be refunded, and need to buy new tickets.

onions

23 Minnesotans infected with salmonella linked to onions

Four of Minnesota residents were hospitalized. None have died.

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves smash Rockets in season opener

The Timberwolves showed they have plenty of firepower in a victory over Houston.

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.

Related

Pier 1 imports

10 of 16 Pier 1 stores in Minnesota are closing

The closures are a nationwide impact for the home furnishings company.

Screen Shot 2019-08-10 at 9.53.23 PM

Choo Choo Bob's Train Store is closing for good

The popular St. Paul children's toy store is holding a moving sale this weekend.