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Tacoma, Puyallup Sports Authority stores closing after liquidations

The Sports Authority sporting goods store filed for bankruptcy in March and will close its Tacoma and Puyallup stores, along with the rest of its 460 locations.
The Sports Authority sporting goods store filed for bankruptcy in March and will close its Tacoma and Puyallup stores, along with the rest of its 460 locations. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

A manager at the Tacoma Sports Authority outlet confirmed late Monday that liquidators would begin work at the Tacoma and Puyallup stores on “the 25th or 26th” of this month.

The Associated Press recently reported that the company, which filed for bankruptcy protection three months ago, is shuttering all 460 of its stores after it was unable to adapt to consumers’ move online.

The sports retailer originally planned to close only about 140 stores, but in a recent court document it outlined plans to shutter all of them.

The Englewood, Colorado-based company said it will begin discounting sneakers, clothing and other goods as early as this week until the end of August.

Sports Authority's decline came as shoppers are increasingly more likely to head online than to their local mall. Mall staples Aeropostale and Pacific Sunwear also filed for bankruptcy protection this year, the AP reported.

The company told the bankruptcy court that it plans to sell its store leases in an upcoming auction.

As of March, the company had about 14,500 employees.

A representative for privately held Sports Authority declined to comment.

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