Sportsman's Warehouse lassoes locations in Naples, Cape Coral; a chain leaves Collier, Lee (2023)

Plus: A search result we didn't expect: 'Sorry, we couldn't find Naples. Do you mean: Nipples?'

Phil FernandezNaples Daily News

Today's column: Utah's in the house; Sportsman's Warehouse has not one but two Southwest Florida stores coming; Tuesday Morning's gone but the original Lynyrd Skynyrd will never be forgotten; and an affordable housing community rises locally.

It's not a state we come across often setting up shop in Southwest Florida, but a Utah-based major chain is adding Naples as a destination.

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Maybe, their horses made a wrong turn at the pass, and they meant to follow the trail to Naples, Utah. Yep, like Italy, the Beehive State has a Naples as well.

But as it turns out, Sportsman's Warehouse gallops into our hot market with 29,413 square feet of glory in its furthest south stable, by far, at 6329 Naples Blvd., corralled into that congested merchandising frontier between Kohl's and Best Buy, officially on March 2. But don't be surprised if there's a soft opening this week, and another venue in the works for Cape Coral.

It's a Western-influenced posse making a comeback after emerging from bankruptcy, and this rapidly growing region serves as a magnet, even for merchants who normally feature snow goggles, winter boots, heated gloves, blizzard parkas and sleds.

These cowboys in search of Sunshine State gold are shedding their cold weather duds and gear, and riding into retail pastures where the cash is greener.

“Our Lady Lake, Jacksonville and Seminole stores in Florida have proven to be popular, so we look forward to introducing our brand to Naples as part of our overall expansion strategy in the South,” said Chuck Richards Sportsman’s east regional general manager.

And that certainly means a more sunny variation to the selection, such as T-shirts, shorts, branded Huk Florida Marlin Trucker Hats and trademark Hey Dude Tie-Dye Casual Shoes among its herd of 60,000 items for those with different outdoor habits on this part of the Peninsula.

"We opened stores in brand-new geographies (in 2022), which stretched our regional assortment quite a bit," said CEO Jon Barker, participating in his recent earnings call. "Seminole was new for us. (We) just opened in Jacksonville, Florida a few weeks ago. And the assortment adjustments we made for Seminole, we were able to take some of those and more into Jacksonville."

What will Sportman's Warehouse selection include in Southwest Florida?

There are more shoes in your future.

"The apparel and footwear categories are the two areas that we’re most focused on in serving our consumers with features and benefits at a value they can’t find in some of the brands in the market today," Barker said. "It does not mean we will displace the key brands that our customers come to Sportsman’s Warehouse looking for, but we will complement those brands (with) a broader assortment."

Plus, fishing rods for sure, and that could unintentionally be a continuation of the location's previous life as Florida MotorSports, which specialized in boating, mechanized flotation devices and other powersports toys.

“With year-round warm weather and close proximity to the Gulf Coast, local area residents will now have easy access to the fresh and saltwater fishing gear and accessories they need along with outstanding shooting, camping and hiking items," Richards said this past week.

That's important to eventual customers sharing their excitement via various channels like Naples resident Robert Moran.

"Hopefully the selection of fishing gear is geared to the surrounding areas," Moran said. "I will be there."

"Our boys, big and little, (will) love this store," Naples resident Stephanie Irish said. "The possibilities are endless."

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Sportsman's Warehouse lassoes locations in Naples, Cape Coral; a chain leaves Collier, Lee (1)

Sportsman's Warehouse lassoes locations in Naples, Cape Coral; a chain leaves Collier, Lee (2)

A dancing fountain at the Waterside Shops in Naples, home to numerous high-scale shops

Dancing fountain in Naples' Waterside Shops, home to many luxury stores. It's also among places drawing new tenants that lost their businesses to Ian.

Phil Fernandez, Naples Daily News

Cape Coral's Pine Island Road is another target for outdoor retail

The latter may be true based on the result received if you typed "Naples" on its website Friday: "Sorry, we couldn't find Naples. Do you mean: Nipples?" That's also the sobriquet my bantering brother-in-law on that other end of Alligator Alley uses when pronouncing our town's fair name.

The company continues to hire, with nine listed open positions, most paying $17 an hour, but when you go to its careers site, don't use the search box at the top of the page for Naples. You'll get that same suggestive outcome we just mentioned. Instead, there's a dropdown on the left side for ours and more than 130 locales. Soldotna, Alaska, anyone?

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Are more locations in Southwest Florida in its sights, despite a competing 130,000 square feet at Bass Pro Shops in Gulf Coast Town Center?

Of course, but the publicly traded group and others aren't revealing a new lease in Cape Coral discovered Thursday by In the Know in the weeds of Co-Star Group's analytical commercial real estate data. It looks to have matched up with 21,408 square feet near Pine Island Road and Nicholas Parkway.

That makes sense, based on Barker's outlook, wanting to focus on the bigger picture for his organization.

"We expect continued expansion into states such as Florida and California with new stores planned in under-penetrated areas," Barker said, noting sizes of 12,000 to 40,000 square feet "allowing us to penetrate underserved markets, both large and small. (We) have a funnel of in excess of 100 locations that we are looking in today (and) see a path to our target of 190 to 210 total stores in the fleet by the end of fiscal 2025.

"Long-term, (it's) a clear path of 300-plus stores in the out years. So, as I sit here and provide a range, it’s basically timing based. I have got dozens of properties right now that are (under) review. I have got quite a few properties in negotiations. And whether we have 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18 (in 2023) is the timing of those lease negotiations. In some cases, the lease negotiations will not come to fruition. In some cases, the lease negotiations will come to fruition in 2024 opening, just depending on the timing of lease, architecture, permit and construction."

The Utah invasion comes by air, and get you out of here to New England

And that's not the only Utah-based operation making inroads into Southwest Florida.

As we reported last week, Breeze Airways of Cottonwood Heights, plans non-stop flights between Southwest Florida International Airport and Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island.

Hartford travel begins May 17, followed by Providence on July 13. The firm says it's offering $49 one-way introductory prices.

Current destinations already include Las Vegas and Charleston, South Carolina.

Tuesday Morning's gone with the wind in Southwest Florida

Coming off In the Know's report on retail closings last week, another chain is chaining up all its doors in Southwest Florida.

Having declared a Valentine Day's chapter 11 bankruptcy, appropriately last Tuesday morning, Tuesday Morning has fewer Tuesday mornings in its future. It is closing 263 discount retail locations out of 480 total.

When out of businesses sales wrap up, they'll be gone like the wind from Fort Myers and Naples, and that's almost a take on a bluesy Lynyrd Skynyrd classic by the irreplaceable Ronnie Van Zant.

Florida's list of two dozen includes these in the region:

  • 1000 Immokalee Road, Naples
  • 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
  • 15271 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
  • 4127 S Tamiami Trail, Venice
  • 4768 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
  • 5502 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

Affordable housing neighborhood rises with Habitat for Humanity help

Organizations likeHabitat for Humanityare trying to help those in housing need by offering zero percent interest loans as part of a program.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties recently completed the first of a half-dozen homes in theHarlem Heightscommunity funded through a $1 million FineMark National Bank & Trust pledge. Those moving into the houses have to put in 300 hours of sweat equity, attend homeownership classes and pay $2,000 toward closing costs.

But the endeavors are far from done there and elsewhere including McNeill Village, its newest neighborhood, where 36 houses are to rise in North Fort Myers on Cape Coral's edge near Pondella Road and Hancock Creek South Boulevard and the dedication of the efforts is scheduled for Thursday.

"We're out for our 36th house build," Scanlon Auto Group owner Jay Scanlon said recently, as some of his employees hammered away in the background. "For us to be able to hire and attract people to this market. every business needs to be involved, whether it's with Habitat or some sort of influence bringing light to the need for affordable housing."

As an example, stats collected Wednesday by real estate agent Marcia Hawken showed the median price for new Cape Coral single-family listings the previous week at $525,000.

Based at the Naples Daily News, Columnist Phil Fernandez ( writes In the Know as part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, which supplemented this report. Support Democracy andsubscribe to a newspaper.


Who owns Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

On December 21, 2020, it was announced that Great American Outdoors Group, the parent company of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's, would acquire Sportsman's Warehouse.

What brands does Sportsman's Warehouse own? ›

We also carry a variety of private label offerings under the Rustic RidgeTM, Killik, Vital Impact, Yukon Gold, Lost River and Sportsman's Warehouse brands. These products are designed and priced to complement our branded assortment, by offering our customers a quality alternative at all price points.

How many locations does Sportsman's Warehouse have? ›

135 Sportsman's Warehouse Stores in the U.S.

Where is the sportsman warehouse headquarters? ›

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Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Midvale's population was 34,124 according to 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Is Cabela's and Sportsman Warehouse the same? ›

Sportsman's Warehouse, top, and Cabela's, bottom, are now both owned by the same company after The Great Outdoor Group, parent company for Cabela's, bought Sportsman's Warehouse. Sportsman's Warehouse has a new parent company.

Who bought Cabela's out? ›

The chain is based in Sidney, Nebraska. Cabela's was founded by Richard N. Cabela and Jim Cabela in 1961. Cabela's was acquired by Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops in 2017 and has been a subsidiary since then.

Can I use Cabela's card at Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

Use: The Card is redeemable for merchandise, food and beverages only at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's retail or restaurant locations, Cabela's catalogs, or online at,, or; or at Bass Pro resorts listed below.

Why did Bass Pro not buy Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

Sportsman's Warehouse and Great Outdoors Group LLC (Bass Pro owners) opted to terminate the deal after the Federal Trade Commission indicated the companies would not get clearance to complete it, according to a regulatory filing. Great Outdoors will pay a $55 million termination fee.

Are Bass Pro and Cabela's the same company? ›

The Great American Outdoors Group portfolio of brands includes Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, White River Marine Group, and a collection of nature-based resorts.

What credit score is needed for a sportsman's warehouse? ›

The Sportsman's Warehouse Credit Card credit score requirement is 700 or better. That means people with good credit or better have a shot at getting approved for the Sportsman's Warehouse Credit Card.

What are the perks for working at Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

Most Popular Benefits at Sportsman's Warehouse
  • 401(k) Employees: 35.
  • Casual Dress/Atmosphere. Employees: 33.
  • Company Store Discount. Employees: 32.
  • Paid Holidays / Vacation. Employees: 25.
  • Life Insurance/Disability. Employees: 16.
  • Paid Sick Leave. Employees: 13.
  • Flex-Time / Flexible Schedule. Employees: 10.

Do Sportsman's Warehouse employees get a discount? ›

Bad pay, bad managment, bad benefits, bad coworkers.

Don't be fooled, the discount isn't worth it. they are all about their employee discount. They will go on and on about how much you will be able to buy. Once you're in you realize you won't make enough to use the discount.

Can you return on Sportsman Warehouse? ›


Refunds will be issued in the same method of payment that was used for the original purchase. Gifts returned by the recipient will receive a Sportsman's Warehouse gift card. If you receive damaged or defective goods or an incorrect item, we may reimburse ground shipping costs to return the item.

Who are competitors to Sportsman Warehouse? ›

Sportsman's Warehouse's competitors and similar companies include Moosejaw Mountaineering, Cabela's, Genesco, Bass Pro Shops and L.L.Bean. Sportsman's Warehouse is an outdoor sporting goods retailer. The most fun outdoor retailer on the planet.

Is Sportsman Warehouse owned by Bass Pro? ›

Outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportsman's Warehouse and Great Outdoors Group, the parent company of Bass Pro Shops, have terminated plans of a merger, according to a regulatory filing. Great Outdoors first agreed to acquire Sportsman's Warehouse in December 2020 for roughly $800 million.

Who is Cabela's biggest competitor? ›

Cabela's main competitors are Vudu, MidwayUSA, and Staples.
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Did Johnny Morris buy Sportsman Warehouse? ›

Four years after Bass Pro Shops announced plans to acquire it's top rival, Cabela's, the Springfield, Missouri-based company has reached an agreement in principal to purchase another competitor. This time, Sportsman's Warehouse will fall under the banner of Johnny Morris and company.

Is field and stream the same as Sportsman Warehouse? ›

Sportsman's Warehouse previously purchased 10 Field & Stream stores from DICK'S in late 2019 and early 2020. The transactions are consistent with the Sportsman's Warehouse growth strategy of opportunistically expanding its store footprint and geographical reach.

What is the biggest Bass Pro shop in the US? ›

Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters Outdoor World the largest and most famous outdoor store in the world. Located in Springfield, Missouri, “the Grandaddy” of all outdoor stores covers over 750,000 square feet and spans 17 acres under one roof.

What is the biggest Bass Pro Shop? ›

The original and largest of the Bass Pro Shops®. Almost 500,000 square feet dedicated to the beauty of the outdoors. Waterfalls, aquariums, firing range, TRACKER® boat showroom, Hemingway's Blue Water Café and more. Shop from a large selection of outdoor gear and visit the NRA® Museum and Archery Hall of Fame.

Is Bass Pro Shop better than Cabelas? ›

Bass Pro Shops's brand is ranked #652 in the list of Global Top 1000 Brands, as rated by customers of Bass Pro Shops. Cabela's's brand is ranked #428 in the list of Global Top 1000 Brands, as rated by customers of Cabela's.

Can I use my Cabela's card at Walmart? ›

Yes, you can use the Cabela's Credit Card at Walmart. Walmart currently accepts credit cards on all major networks.

Where can I use my Sportsmans Warehouse card at? ›

No, you cannot use your Sportsman's Warehouse Store Card everywhere you want, as you can only use it for purchases at Sportsman's Warehouse locations and

How do you get a Cabela's black card? ›

Cabela's Card Rewards

Spend at least $25,000 on the card in a year and you'll get the highest level status, Black, which will net you an oversized 5 points per dollar on all your Cabela's family spending.

Why is Bass Pro being sued? ›

“This lawsuit is about one simple principle: a corporation's obligation to tell consumers the truth,” Singleton Schneider partner Andrew Bluth wrote to OBJ in an email. “Bass Pro Shop made a promise to its customers when it offered its RedHead socks with a lifetime guarantee. Those words should mean something.

Who is Bass Pro owned by? ›

Johnny (John L) Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, got his start in 1972 by selling fishing tackle out of the back of his father's store. Since then, Johnny has earned a reputation as one of the most visionary and influential retailers of the last 50 years.

Who bought Bass Pro out? ›

“Colorado consumers and outdoors enthusiasts got a big win today with Sportsman's Warehouse announcement that it is canceling its merger with Great American Outdoors Group, which owns Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's.

Can I return a Cabela's purchase to Bass Pro? ›

Will I be able to return Cabela's purchases to Bass Pro Shops locations and vice versa? Yes, Cabela's purchases can be returned to our customer service counters at Bass Pro Shops and vice versa or by contacting our online customer service centers.

Can I use a Bass Pro gift card at a Cabela's store? ›

Give the angler in your life a gift he or she will truly love with a Bass Pro Shops® Fishing Gift Card. Decorated with the image of a big monster bass, these cards are redeemable for Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's® online purchases, catalog orders, and at Bass Pro Shops and U.S. Cabela's retail store locations.

Where is the original Bass Pro shop located? ›

Should I have 3 credit cards? ›

If your goal is to get or maintain a good credit score, two to three credit card accounts, in addition to other types of credit, are generally recommended. This combination may help you improve your credit mix. Lenders and creditors like to see a wide variety of credit types on your credit report.

Does Sportsman's Warehouse sight in guns? ›

All sight & scope work available. Bore sighting or range sight-in. Drill & tap, installing sights (including night sights & fiber optics), scope mounting, cut & lap rings, cut dovetails, drill & install shotgun beads, pattern shotguns, & more.

What credit score do you have to have for Target? ›

The credit score that you need for the Target Credit Card is 640, at a minimum. That means at least fair credit is required for approval.

What should I wear to a sportsman warehouse interview? ›

Interview tips at Sportsman's Warehouse
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)44%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)38%
  • They didn't have a dress code14%
  • Formal (business suit)3%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)1%

What is the difference between job benefits and perks? ›

Essentially, benefits pay for expenses that an employee would have to cover with their income, such as health insurance, savings for retirement, and transportation costs for commuting to and from work each day. Perks, on the other hand, are extra rewards or incentives on top of salary and non-wage compensation.

What is Sportsman's Warehouse military discount? ›

What Is The Official Sportsman's Warehouse Military Discount? Sportsman's Warehouse offers an “Everyday Military Discount” of 5% off of your purchase of eligible items. This is an especially good deal, because it counts on firearms, ammunition, and reloading supplies.

How many points do you get at Sportsman's Warehouse Loyalty? ›

5 points/$1 spent at Sportsman's Warehouse and No limits on the amount of points earned. Redeem points for gear. Exclusive deals and special offers.

What is Coach's employee discount? ›

You get 65% of outlet in store.

How long is orientation at Sportsman Warehouse? ›

Can take the whole day, if not about 2 days tops.

Can you return a pellet gun to Sportsman's Warehouse? ›


We must have the product back and inspected before a credit can be issued. We will apply your refund, less shipping and handling, to the original form of payment. Sportsman's Outlet will send a return shipping label for defective merchandise upon request.

Did someone buy Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

On December 21, 2020, The Great American Outdoors Group agreed to purchase Sportsman's Warehouse for $18 per share in cash, equating to about an $800 million purchase price.

Who is Boot Barn competitor? ›

Boot Barn's competitors and similar companies include Rocky Brands, Harrods, PacSun and Fashion Nova. Boot Barn is a lifestyle retail chain, which operates specialty retail stores.

Who bought Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

The deal, announced Dec. 21, 2020, had Great American Outdoors Group buying Sportsman's for $18 per share in cash, or about $800 million in total purchase price. The closing stock price on Dec. 20, 2020 for Sportsman's was $12.65 a share.

Is Sportsmans Warehouse owned by Bass Pro? ›

Outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportsman's Warehouse and Great Outdoors Group, the parent company of Bass Pro Shops, have terminated plans of a merger, according to a regulatory filing. Great Outdoors first agreed to acquire Sportsman's Warehouse in December 2020 for roughly $800 million.

Did Cabela's buy out Bass Pro? ›

Cabela's was publicly traded, but as part of the merger, Bass Pro will be taking Cabela's private. In my opinion, that is a good thing. The company and the consumer benefit from this. Running and managing a public company comes with a lot of stress and focus towards managing Wall Street's expectations.

Is Sportsmans Warehouse owned by Field and Stream? ›

In October 2019, the Utah based company Sportsman's Warehouse acquired eight Field & Stream stores. In March 2020, the company acquired two additional stores.

Is Bass Pro and Cabela's owned by the same company? ›

With headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, Bass Pro Shops has a workforce of about 40,000. Bass Pro also owns Cabela's, another retailer that specializes in similar categories.

What is the biggest Bass Pro shop? ›

The original and largest of the Bass Pro Shops®. Almost 500,000 square feet dedicated to the beauty of the outdoors. Waterfalls, aquariums, firing range, TRACKER® boat showroom, Hemingway's Blue Water Café and more. Shop from a large selection of outdoor gear and visit the NRA® Museum and Archery Hall of Fame.

What is Bass Pro employee discount? ›

It's a 45% discount on all Cabela's/Bass Pro branded gear and 15% off non-branded gear. Guns and Ammunition or anything related to guns are discountable. The discount varies obviously depending on brand and price.

What store did Dick's take over? ›

October 2, 2008 at 12:00 a.m. The former Chick's Sporting Goods store at Plaza El Segundo will open as a Dick's Sporting Goods store on Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. The 45,000-square-foot shop is the first Dick's in California as well as the first Chick's conversion, said Lori Keller, store manager for the El Segundo store.

What is the new name for field and stream? ›

According to the company, eight or nine Field & Stream store conversions will be to House of Sport stores, while most of the remaining will become either larger format Dick's stores or warehouse stores.

What is the salary of the CEO of Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

As the Pres and CEO & Director of Sportsman`s Warehouse Inc, the total compensation of Mr Barker at Sportsman`s Warehouse Inc is $2,736,242. There are no executives at Sportsman`s Warehouse Inc getting paid more.

Can I use a Bass Pro gift card at Sportsman's Warehouse? ›

Use: The Card is redeemable for merchandise, food and beverages only at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's retail or restaurant locations, Bass Pro Shops catalogs, or online at,, or; or at Bass Pro resorts listed below. Lodging: Big Cedar Lodge.


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