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Thread: Eastern Mt Sports, Annapolis is closing

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    Default Eastern Mt Sports, Annapolis is closing

    Hey folks,

    I wanted to let everyone know that EMS Annapolis will be closing sometime in mid June. We recently got purchased by a British company called Sports Direct. They made demands of the current landlords that were tough to meet. As result, 24 stores in our chain will be shuttering their doors... The Up To 30% Off signs went up a week ago and stuff is flying out the door. I have been too busy dealing with everything to post it here.

    Kayaks are only 10% off at this point, but will eventually be reduced by the liquidation company. I know we have a Perception Pescador 12 and WS Ride 11.5 Max still in stock, but not much else targeted to the kayak fisherman from a gear perspective. We do still have plenty of paddles, camping gear and great laying pieces for hot and cold weather paddling.

    After 19 years of managing the store, I'm wondering if I will have to change my username to exEMSer?

    Welcome to the new world order.....
    Bruce

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    Bruce, bummed this is happening. Like everything else things are consolidating into a few major players in the outdoors market and they only look at dollars, not community. Sincerely hope you land on your feet after they're closed.
    Mike
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    +1 On that Bruce

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    Yea, bummer. I hope it works out for you in the long-run.

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    I too hope that everything works out for you Bruce. I'm not in a related industry, but I too am feeling the squeeze at work, no one really is footing the bill for env science anymore, or at least right now. I may come into the store in the next month or so and check out some paddles, if there are any left.

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    Bummer Bruce. Hope things work out for you.

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    I was just in there prior to my Good Friday camping trip. I think you helped me pick out some rations and some fuel for my Firefly. A lot of great deals to be had, but sorry for the unfortunate circumstances.
    Gregory
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    Times are a changing, Brick and mortar are going away for some markets. HTO closed a year or so ago.
    With the internet consumers can educate themselves on exactly what they need, what each product provides,, Hell you can learn to disarm a nuclear bomb on youtube.
    I have not been in EMS in years, but I do know the times I was in HTO, their prices where very high, and the staff had limited knowledge of the products. They were more of a boutique store with high prices, I cant believe they lasted that long.
    I'll typ buy my kayaks from a kayak store that mass sells kayaks, and only kayaks. And they are typ not in the high rent district of a city.
    And even at that, I have done my own research and zero'd in on what will fit my needs.
    I went in Sears last month to buy a 600.00 rolling tool cabinet, they were useless, no worse than useless. I finally spent 30 min on the net and got a MUCH BETTER cabinet for 349.00 with free shipping.
    The days of brick and mortar are fading, except the big box stores to pickup everyday items,, anything specialized - 3 clicks and it is on your door step in 1-2 days.

    Just my thoughts,
    Slack
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    Sorry to hear this, Bruce. Always liked EMS and the customer service I received there. Good luck to you in your next venture.

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    That stinks! I want a carbon fiber paddle

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