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#3128049 - 01/17/13 09:39 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Registered: 12/02/07
Posts: 11380
Loc: Pall Mall, TN and Dexter, MI

What Bowriter and Blount Arrow say is probably true for a smaller outdoor shop at least. There is a place called Johnson's Sporting Goods in Adrian, MI...south of them a few miles is Cabelas, north would be Bass Pro, Dicks, Gander Mountain and a few big box stores east and west.

They dropped all of their archery a few years back and concentrate on guns...and they are always busy busy! Probably 5 guys behind the counters at all times and they know their business...they aren't the friendliest people either but I don't go there to be friends with them
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#3128067 - 01/17/13 09:52 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: Coach]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 30563
Loc: Chester County

Exactly what everybody else said, its ok to sell a little of everything but you need to really specialize in one thing, whether it be archery or guns or something else.
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#3128085 - 01/17/13 10:09 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: easy45]
8 Point

Registered: 11/23/06
Posts: 1662
Loc: East Tenn

My Uncle had one back in the '90's in Maryville. It wasn't a full on outdoor shop. He didn't sell guns but carried ammo and archery equipment, bows, arrows, etc. He didn't get to hunt, was way to busy especially during the fall archery season. That is why he closed it down.
#3128096 - 01/17/13 10:21 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: huntinkev]
Mud Dauber
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Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

Personally, I woud not venture in that business as a small retailer, however, if you can come up with a business plan that demonstrates profitability in the face of the box stores, I would like to see it. The problem is, even if you extend great customer service -the best service that there is, you will still have a percentage of customers who come into your store for the service and knowledge about purchases and then apply that expertise/advice to a online purchase because it saves them an amount of money. That's reality.

For example, if you carry bows, you'll get customers who come in wanting to try some new models. They'll shoot them, decide which one they want and then buy the same exact model cheaper elsewhere.

Now, as others have stated, if you offer highly specialized services like a archery tech, gun smith, etc, then you have certain advantages and I think this is where you would make you money. You could also work to become a Matthews dealer since they do not sell through box stores. All in all, you're not going to make money selling clothes -I wouldn't even attempt it. However, you might be able to make money selling reloads, fletching arrows etc, doing FFL transfers for cheaper than your competitors etc. You would need a super aggressive social media campaign, perhaps even a person dedicated to doing that full time.
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#3128233 - 01/17/13 11:37 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: Poser]
Football Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25536
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

Oh yeah,one just closed here in lebanon,hate it too
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#3130388 - 01/19/13 05:18 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: Football Hunter]
8 Point

Registered: 09/08/12
Posts: 2387
Loc: Etowah Tennessee

I would just start whatever your heart desires or as big. If it ever started going south u cud buy yourself about a dozen slot machines and hid them for play in a back room.
#3130935 - 01/19/13 05:06 PM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
6 Point

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 766
Loc: Southern Middle TN

Make sure you advertise , hope to see you in town
#3131085 - 01/19/13 07:06 PM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: jlmustain]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

 Originally Posted By: jlmustain
Great question! I'm still trying to figure that out. I really like the idea of either Tullahoma or Fayetteville. Some place that's not too far from Huntsville or Nashville, while being more than accessible to most of mid-Middle and southern-Middle Tennessee.

I'm not yet sold on that, though. I've been tossing around Lawrenceburg and Columbia, too.
If you put it in tullahoma you have my buisness!!
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#3131727 - 01/20/13 11:23 AM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: timberjack86]
12 Point

Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 5409
Loc: jackson co.

I give most of my business to smaller local outdoor stores. I know of a few around here that seem to do great. The one thing I look for is friendly service and whoever is working needs to have a decent amount of knowledge.
#3131802 - 01/20/13 01:05 PM Re: Advice/Suggestions about a New Outdoor Shop [Re: mathews338]
12 Point

Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 7406
Loc: savannah, tn., usa

There is one here and he does great. You have to stand in line to talk to him. Lots before him have failed. He is different. He keeps quality stuff that wal mart doesnt and he has it there. He sells lots of pistols that wal mart does not carry. He has the ammo that wal mart does not carry. Also he started two shooting clubs - one for .22s and one for long range shooting. After he got a few people into it it the growth started. He checks in game and has contests and so forth that draws in people. It can be done. Good Luck.
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