Three San Diego locations of Sport Chalet are slated to close, following an announcement by Vestis Retail Group that it is shutting all 47 U.S. locations of the sporting goods chain.
The closings are part of an April 18 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Connecticut-based Vestis. The local stores are at Westfield Mission Valley, Westfield UTC and Point Loma Plaza in the Midway district.
A posting on the Sport Chalet website said the retailer on April 16 began the process of closing all of its stores and stopped selling merchandise online. The stores will remain open for several weeks as merchandise is sold off, and Sport Chalet gift cards, reward certificates and store credits will be honored through April 29.
Sport Chalet was started in 1959 in the Los Angeles area, and the bulk of its current stores are in California.
Specialty sporting goods chains have been struggling in the face of competition from discount general merchandise stores and online shopping options. Sports Authority of Colorado recently announced that three San Diego County stores – in Escondido, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego -- were among 140 nationwide that it planned to close as part of a Chapter 11 filing, with six other local stores in the running to be sold off to other retailers or liquidators.