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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 10, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Joe’s sporting goods closing its doors

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After 57 years in business, Joe’s Sports, formerly known as G.I. Joe’s, is going out of business, and I along with thousands of other anglers will definitely miss cruising the big aisles of fishing tackle or picking up my boys’ new baseball or soccer shoes.

The sporting goods store that started as an Army Surplus in Portland, Oregon announced that their going-out-of-business sale started today at 31 Joe’s stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

While it is a sad day in the sporting goods industry, outdoors enthusiasts are expected to flock to the stores around the Northwest looking for bargains as the company will sell all of its merchandise until the shelves are empty.

Those who still have a “Joe’s” gift card should use them immediately since the liquidation company probably won’t honor gift cards if they end up with the winning bid.

About 1,600 people who work for the Northwest chain based out of Wilsonville, Oregon will lose their jobs.

(Photo of customers at Issaquah Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More store this morning

taken by Mike Siegel, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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