February 28, 2018:
Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles
August 20, 2019:
Dick's Sporting Goods is testing if it should stop selling guns
I have no beef with Dick's. In fact, I just spent a hundred dollars there, on new batting gloves, whiffle balls, shoes, socks and outfielder's sunglasses for my son (okay, maybe it was closer to $200!). I've never bought any big-ticket stuff there, though, because they either don't have it or only have one brand. Radar gun? Amazon. Practice net? Amazon. L Screen? Amazon.
Now guns and ammunition are two things that I can't buy on Amazon! Then again, my local Dick's Sporting Goods has never carried guns or ammunition, so I've never quite understood the point of these news stories. Evidently, somewhere other than Oregon, you can get guns and ammunition at Dick's. I just get baseball stuff. If they have it.
Dick's is in a bad spot. In the PNW, we do REI for outdoors stuff (camping, climbing, etc.) and a couple of local chains - along with Walmart - for shooting sports. And we just got a Cabela's, a few years ago. Dick's was an also-ran, until the other sporting goods chains started going under. Now Dick's is the last man standing (pun intended).
I can't say whether Dick's will survive another year, but if they do I think they will be a lot smaller - and I don't know how that plays-out, with the huge buildings that they have, now. The only niche they have, at least in the PNW, is sports equipment. Perhaps they can parlay that extra building space into sports lessons? It's got to be more profitable than the gear.