As has been reported in recent weeks, Sports Authority gradually acknowledged plans to close all its 450-plus stores nationwide after nearly three decades in business, including its two Westchester outposts in Yonkers and Elmsford. The initial plan was to shutter 140 locations and downsize into a smaller company under bankruptcy protection. Unfortunately, the company failed to reorganize and was bought out by a team of liquidators.
According to Fortune, said liquidators gained permission from the courts this past Monday to place signs in store windows announcing major clearance sales and eminent closure. And while the news sends more than 14,000 Sports Authority employees nationally looking for work, stores do have until Aug. 31 to move all their inventory.
Meanwhile, local shoppers can start scouring for discounted running shorts, baseball gloves et al as of today, with the chain’s own website already advertising massive price reductions on all merchandise. So while the only people really relishing this development might be the higher-ups at Dick’s, the rest of us may as well head down to Elmsford or Yonkers to show our support for the workers hanging on, and—while we’re at it—find great deals on sneakers.