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    Default Fletchers, Leaving

    Sad to here, I received letter from Scott & Jill That they were unable to stay open. Starting June 3rd, 30%to70% off stock items, Final Day July31, Range card, gift certificate Use by the 15th July. Also any privately owned equipment pick up as soon as possible, They also Thank everybody for there support the last two yrs,

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    This kills me! Is this related to poor sales or is there family/personal reasons? I fear that this won't be the only small buisness to fall due to the higher cost of necessities...

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    Yes, I to would like to know, they had a lot of great shooters (Perry's), Tim--can't remember last name? How is Archers den making it??? Not trying to stir the pot, just wondering. I guess it is tough up there because their customer base is limited.

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    It all boils down to the fact that Jerry and Barb were satisfied with the living it made them for years and Scott and his family are not.

    Businesses don't necessarily go away because they go broke, sometimes they simply just don't make enough that the owner is happy making so little and it's not worth their time.

    I have no idea which is the case, but I wish Scott the best of luck. Sometimes you just need to know when to fold 'em.

    Great shooters don't make a good shop. There are maybe 30 serious target archers in the entire state of Alaska...pretty tough to base a business off of that.

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    Thats really bad. I'd make the drive from Fairbanks to do business with Fletchers. Guess I should have bought a new bow every year instead of every three years.

    I might try and make one last trip there before they close up for good.

    Thanks for all the years of top notch service to Jerry and Scott.
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    The reasons stated in the letter where{After several months of watching the economy, the rise in cost of overhead, and re-evaluating our budget Jill &I have come to the conclusion that it is no longer feasible to continue} They didn,t say it, But I would have to bet the New sportsmen wharehouse put a dent in things Too.

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    Definately sad! This is and will continue to be the case if we continue to send our buisness to the big box stores. I am not saying to eliminate Cabelas and others from your shopping but I am saying make it a point to pick up what you can afford too locally. Some of my favorite shops are Boonies, Archers Den, Barneys, Mountain View Sports amongst others. We have specialists up here in niche industries and we will lose them. Could you imagine not having a place to go take your bow and get it tuned properly? I knew dozens of people who would go into local hockey shops and try on skates only to go and order them online the same evening. Use it or lose it folks If we get a gas refund I hope you all go into Archers Den and buy something! Try out a new broad head, take your kid in and get them fitted for a youth bow, same for the wife. Then swing by Boonies and at least pick up some bullets or scope covers. I never even considered buying a bow from Sportsmans but if you think they are immune to the economy you are wrong. I won't choose them over local but I will pick them over the internet wholesalers. At least they have a store front, local employees and reasonable even if completly unknowledable customer service. They even went so far as to call the other stores to help me find last years Sitka gear. Yes I checked with Marc at Wiggys and Bob at Barneys first. Sad My dad bought my first bow for me from Fletchers when it was out on KGB and that was probably 16 years ago.

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    Most people consider archery expenditures as *discretionary* cash. With the cost of diesel in Palmer this morning at $5.30/gallon, people will be driving less and less and being tighter with their wallets. Add to that a small business competing with mega box stores, is it not any wonder that more small businesses close their doors? I am very sorry to see Scott and Jill close down, but they say they are keeping their options open and may try something *new* down the road. I wish them the best in all that they do and a heartfelt thank you to Scott for his service to our country!
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    Slightly off topic but I bought diesel in Eagle River last Sunday for $4.78. That is a bg jump. Most places in Anchorage were about the same. What happened?

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    Most of the pumps in Anchorage are now at 4.89 to 4.99 this week Dave. Sunshine Tesoro up my way, which keeps it's diesel prices inline with Anchorage for the most part because of all the trucker fuel they sell, went to 4.99 on Wednesday.

    Fuel cost is what stopped me from shooting at Fletchers. For years I travelled with my son to shoot Friday night leagues there. It's 60 miles each way for me and there is no way I can shoot that league all winter any more.

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    Red face You're all right

    After talking to Scott a few days ago, you're all right. The economy, fuel prices, competition, you name it. Scott also wants to buy the building he's in but Jerry doesn't want to sell. So for Scott to do better, he needs his own. Scott is keeping the contracts with Hoyt, Mathews, Limbsaver., etc and will keep things running out of his own personal shop over off of the Palmer/Wasilla Hwy until further notice. When he gets back into another building (hopefully 5-8 months), he'll re-open under a new name and of course, location. So keep your heads up folks, it's a temporary setback, he's determined to get 'er back and running pronto...Good deals to be had at the shop right now in case your looking, all bows 30% off.. An $825 Hoyt Katera XL for $595 ain't too bad....Go support the guy and say hi...His doors start to shut around the 15th of July...

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    I hope he stays in business. There has to be at least one shop in town that can work on and tune a bow. Fairbanks is too far and I have not found anyone else worth going to.

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    I hope that they do get the shop back up and running. I have always got great service from their shop.

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    AKDoug,

    Wasn't trying to imply that tournament shooters were what kept a shop going, just wondering how those guys were doing, especially with their home shop closing, Dan P shot me a note via archerytalk, so back in touch, can't wait to see you guys in a year!

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    Jill and I appreciate all the recent comments and the business that everyone has brought us over the past two years. Some of the comments that we have seen posted are mere speculation on that individual's part. As we stated in our letter to our customers we are having to close shop due to high cost in overhead. This is not a decision that we came to lightly. It was very tough on both of us. We have come to think of our customers as extended family. There comes a time in running a business when a decision has to be made, do we continue and watch our debt increase, or step back and try to regroup. We are stepping back and are going to try to regroup. We love the archery business but at this time it is not feasible for us to continue. So we hope to see you all again in another archery shop that we own. If you have any questions or want to chat jst give us a call here or at home. Thanks for all your support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Yes I checked with Marc at Wiggys and Bob at Barneys first.
    Sad to see small businesses shut down. Bob at Barney's is my uncle... he never likes to hear that I bought something at Sportsman's. I should work on trying to get him to expand the shop to include an archery section---that would be awesome

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    Sad day... But there are times where you need to take a couple steps back to move foward. This sounds like one of them... I sure here in the near future that Scott and Jill will have a great shop open again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKTrailblazer View Post
    Sad to see small businesses shut down. Bob at Barney's is my uncle... he never likes to hear that I bought something at Sportsman's. I should work on trying to get him to expand the shop to include an archery section
    On second thought, nothing really beats a specialty shop that has worked in the archery business for so long. I hope you reopen again soon. Best wishes,
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    Thats is sad to hear Jerry got me into bow hunting about 15 years ago Ive alway purchased my equipment from them.

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    I saw that they had their going out of business sign on the outside wall, That is really sad, I enjoyed goin in there, gettin my arrows, and BSing with Scott and his daughter. We have Mathews Bows and Sportsman's doesnt even carry those, but, Scott sure knew everything there was about them, and every other bow! I sure hope they re-open, cause we sure are goin to miss the good times we had in their range!

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