MC Sports Closing Down As Well

Along with the recent announcement of Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy, we also have MC Sports, a Mid-West based sporting store that has been known for a very long commitment to responsible firearms sales, is closing down all 68 of the current stores. From the news article about the Michigan based sporting goods store chain-

The company, also known as Michigan Sporting Goods Distributors Inc., said in a statement it was “unable to reach an agreement on a viable out of court proposal” to restructure its balance sheet and operating performance. It said the filing will allow MC “to address a number of legacy costs,” including long-term leases and trade debt that have “hampered the company’s ability to develop a clear path forward.”

MC Sports has more than $14 million in trade debt, according to its court filings. It owes about $3.8 million to Nike and $2.4 million to Under Armour with totals in the hundreds of thousands for others such as Adidas Group, Columbia Sportswear and Wilson Team Sports, among others.

The company also has almost $475,000 in debt for media and marketing services, court filings show.

I’m not a business-oriented person, but I can certainly speculate about the Gander Mountain and MC Sports closures. Both store chains began in the Mid-West, Gander Mountain in Wisconsin in the 1960s, and MC Sports in Michigan in 1946. They grew tremendously large in this region of the United States, probably reaching their peak in the 1980s and 1990s, but Gander filed for bankruptcy protection in the 1990s. Honestly, I think both stores were victims of the internet and globalization. They offered a diverse set of firearms and ammunition choices at reasonable prices to folks who couldn’t otherwise go to larger gun shops or didn’t have enough choice at small town places. As a physical store front this is an outstanding service that they capitalized on in small town Midwest USA. With the growth of the internet, and the ability of smaller stores to actually compete with the big ones because it being so easy to order firearms and parts, these giant sporting goods stores appeared to have been just losing money faster than they could make money. Moving on from these stores, we could possibly see Dick’s going down the same path, but I don’t know if that is the case because Dick’s caters to such a different market entirely when it comes to demographics, in addition to being located all over the United States.

Only time will tell what the future holds for these larger brick and mortar sporting goods stores.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

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  • codfilet

    I hadn’t thought of “MC Sporting Goods” stores for many years-used to see ads all the time in the paper, but I haven’t gotten a paper in many years, either. I don’t think I’ve ever been inside one of those places, but the loss of a place that sells guns is never a good thing.

  • Geoff Timm

    Sears / K-mart is going out of business according to the news. Sears just forgot it’s roots and went all upscale fashion, instead of mail order, when that became web order and forgot about supporting the hardware customer. Geoff Who hates to see bad management cause pain to good people.

    • thedonn007

      I wonder what will happen with the craftsmen and kenmore brands.

      • Flash Gordon

        Craftsman was sold to Stanley earlier this year. I think they are still trying to unload Kenmore

      • Kennmore is mostly rebranded Whirlpool items.

        • jsdlsldjas

          Nearly every appliance manufacturer makes some items in the Kenmore brand. They bid out their requirements for each model.

  • Madison J Coleman

    ” at reasonable prices”… I would not necessarily agree with that. I used to go to Gander Mountain to check out guns and everything in the case was 15%+ higher than most other gun shops in towns. Around here GM is where you only went to look or buy when they were having a serious sale or put something on clearance. Still, sad to see them and MC closing.

  • Maxpwr

    I would argue that whether they caused it or whether they just went along with the trend, the acceptance by a larger portion of the public for firearms such as the AR-15 and similar was because stores like MC Sports and Gander Mountain brought those firearms out on the shelves and set them next to the Elmer Fudd “hunting guns” and the average Joe finally said “Hey, these aren’t so scary after all” and sales took off. Will be a shame if they can’t continue to show product to the public.

    Gander Mountain used to have great bargains on used guns like the police trade in S&W Model 10s I got circa 2004 and the Canadian trade in GP-100s and the German SIG P6 (P225). Those were all good deals at the time. I haven’t seen deals there in a while.

    I still buy bulk 9mm and 223 ammo there often, but know I can get it cheaper on-line.

  • Mitchell Wagner

    We’ve a local one, and their Closing sale discounts of 10-20% off, nearly get to a normal online price for most things.

  • sjkfsdjfkljs

    There is also the fact that MC Sports is ACTUALLY going out of business, whereas GM is so far closing 32 of its’ 162 locations. Also, GM started as a catalog company, not a retailer. Their “peak” coming much more recently than the 80’s or 90’s. Not being “business-oriented” is one thing, not knowing what you’re talking about is another. No need to speculate when a lot of this information is out there. If you don’t want to find the facts, don’t write the story, otherwise you’re just part of the problem.

    • Frankly I was more concerned with getting the story out about a Mid-West sporting chain store closing than the particulars of any of these businesses.

  • J.T.

    We have an MC sports that opened up near us a few years ago. Their gun counter and ammo selection was very small and was overpriced, just like everything else in their store. It was never busy as a result.

    • LGonDISQUS

      There’s a company called Dunham’s that opened near me recently. EVERYTHING in the store is 40% higher than Walmart, etc. I wonder how they stay open, other than team sports equipment.

      • Dan

        Yep Dunhams is a joke with their prices. Walked in one seen the price tags walked right back out.

  • LGonDISQUS

    owes about $3.8 million to Nike and $2.4 million to Under Armour

    – MOQs of doom?

  • valorius

    I’ve never even heard of MC Sports.

    • Anonymoose

      I think I went to one once.

  • valorius

    Big online mega sites like Amazon and Walmart are going to eventually put all retailers out of business.

    • Anonymoose

      Just watch Amazon merge with CTD.

      • Russ Kell

        Free Prime shipping on all ammo, unless we decide to cancel your order and charge more during a rush.

    • Michigunner

      You are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, I think these recent store closings are only the first of many to come, and it is not isolated to the firearms industry. I spent 10 years running a store in a small regional chain that sells musical instruments, only recently switching careers to be free of “retail jail”. I am glad I got out when I did. In all sectors of modern retail, the market is over saturated with product choices, competition is now on the national level instead of the local level and prices are at a race to the bottom making profit margins smaller and smaller. You simply cannot carry everything that a consumer could want in a physical retail location but the consumer can find and order whatever they may desire, at any time, from anywhere, often at the lowest price, via the internet. A retailer with a “brick and mortar” store has to offer a product or service that is not available online, or maintain a physical store location in addition to an e-commerce presence to supplement online sales and provide customer service. In modern day retail, If one (or both) of those requirements are not met, it is only a matter of time until the doors close.

  • USMC03Vet

    I live in Michigan and never been in a MC Sports store that sold any firearms or shooting anything.

  • Anonymoose

    They might have to fold Field & Stream back into the main franchise, or cut it off. Most of the fuddly people I know didn’t even know Field & Stream was just Dick’s in disguise until I told them.

  • JASON B

    It’s not just the firearms industry, it is all retail. Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sears, JC Penny etc. They are all losing money hand over fist the last bunch of years. The way people shop has changed, and retail stores are an increasingly smaller piece of the retail pie.

    I hate to see this happening in the Firearms Industry. It is like losing a teammate. Every time a gun store closes, it is bad for the sport and 2A issues in general.

  • Tim Holtz

    There was a mc sporting goods near me and there wanted $28 for a box of federal .38 special. If these stores don’t get their prices in line they will continue to fail.

  • jimmyjet

    Concerning Dicks: So I stepped into my local Dicks and noticed in the gun shop that there were no “black guns” or hand guns. In reply to my question, an employee indicated that Dicks had made the decision that they were not going to carry these types of guns. I don’t know if this is a national policy, but it is in S.W. Michigan. This is one case where the name of the store is a perfect fit. DICKS!

  • Ark

    My local MC is closing down and I went to check out their prices.

    There’s nothing good. Everything is still higher than prices you find online. The ammo is STILL marked up even after the “discount”. Maybe they shouldn’t be surprised to be going out of business when everything they sell is 25+% higher than what you can get shipped to your door.