OMAHA, Neb. - Canfield’s Sporting Goods announced Wednesday it will be closing its doors for good. Canfield’s is one of Omaha’s largest locally owned and operated rugged outdoor stores. It's been a mainstay of the Omaha retail landscape for 71 years.
The store will hold a going out of business sale on Friday. In a press release, the company said "the challenges of uncertain economic times, unusually warm winters, the ever-expanding competition of the online marketplace and decline of the ‘big box’ store have taken their toll."
LeRoy Canfield founded the store in 1946 after returning from war. Canfield’s evolved from its early days as an army surplus, camping, hunting and fishing gear store to its current iteration adding fashionable outdoor apparel, workwear, trail running, biking and paddle sports products.
In 1976 Richard Canfield, Leroy's son, became the second generation of Canfield to own the store. Richard stewarded Canfield's Sporting Goods through its largest expansion as they moved into their present location in the plaza that carries its name at 84th & Center in 1994.
In January of 2014 Richard Canfield retired and handed the business over to a former employee, Scott Marble. Scott worked for Canfield's for 10 years before going out into the sporting goods industry.
“I was blessed to be an employee for 10 of those 71 years, and my association for the last 4 years as owner has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience. While I have had an entire career in the outdoor industry that culminated with my ownership of this amazing legacy, it’s time to see what lies beyond," said Marble. “It’s been our great joy to have served our local community for so many years."
The Going Out of Business sale marks the start of a two-month long inventory liquidation before doors are closed for good at the end of January 2018.