Crowd lines up for Sportsman Chalet liquidation in Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 4, 2013 

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Customers wait to enter the Sportsman Chalet sporting goods store liquidation sale at Sunnyland Square next to Trader Joes Wednesday morning, Dec 4, 2013. The store is closing after 41 years in Bellingham.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BELLINGHAM -- People lined up Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, before the doors even opened for the final days of the Sportsman Chalet.

After 41 years in business, Sportsman Chalet is closing. Owner Noel Lemke said online shopping was a bigger hit to the business than the troubled economy or the wave of big-box sporting goods stores that have opened recently in Bellingham.

The store is best known for its products and service in three areas: skiing/snowboarding, soccer and tennis. It also offers a variety of clothing, as well as products for other outdoor sports.

Steve Brewster started Sportsman Chalet in 1972 and was in a few locations in Bellingham before settling in the downtown area in 1995. In September 2001 the business was sold to Lemke, who kept the store on Holly Street before moving to Sunnyland Square in 2010.

During the liquidation sale, hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will be open until everything is sold.

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