Apr 17

Sport Chalet closing all stores, stops online sales:

SAN DIEGO — Sport Chalet is closing all its stores and has already shut down its online sales, the La Canada Flintridge sporting goods company announced Saturday.

The decision affects four stores in San Diego County and 33 stores in Southern California.

A statement on the company’s website said the stores will remain open until at least April 29 to accommodate gift cards and rewards certificates.

Three Sport Chalet stores are located in San Diego — in Mission Valley, Pt. Loma and University Towne Center — with the fourth county location in San Marcos.

An employee at the Mission Valley location said her store could be open for two more weeks or two months, and she was not told anything definitive. The store has marked everything at a 10 percent discount on already reduced prices, she said. The employee did not want to give her name.

The announcement comes less than two months after another sporting goods retailer, Sports Authority, declared bankruptcy and announced it would be closing its Grossmont Center location in La Mesa.

Sport Chalet was founded in 1959 by Norbert J. Olberz, with its first store in La Canada Flintridge, where it remained headquartered for the next several decades.

What began as one specialty sporting goods location expanded into a string of full-service sporting goods stores across the Southland, and eventually expanded to Northern California, Arizona and Nevada as well.

Sport Chalet went public in 1992.

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