After 57 years in business, a national sporting goods store is quickly making plans to close all 47 stores.
Sport Chalet, which started in the late 1950s as a small, family owned ski shop, is saying goodbye for good. As of Saturday their online business shut down operations and store locations posted “going out of business” and “everything must go” signs.
The regional chain, purchased in 2014 by Connecticut company Vestis Retail Group, will remain open for several weeks while merchandise is cleared out.
Sport Chalet said it would continue to honor gift cards until April 29. Those unable to visit a store before then can transfer the gift card balance to another gift card from its sister stores, Eastern Mountain Sports or Bob’s Stores, through July 29.
There are Sport Chalet 40 locations in California alone, plus five in Arizona and two in Las Vegas.
Store officials said all sales are final with no returns. Each store is also offering an additional 10 percent off the lowest marked price.
Sport Chalet struggled financially for years, reporting a profit back in 2007. The chain had more than $52 million in debt when Vestis bought it for $17 million.
The Torrance store is located at the Village Del Amo Shopping Center at 21305 Hawthorne Boulevard. All repairs and equipment currently in the store should be picked up by April 29.