“If you want to go for a bike ride in Tacoma, Oregon, you might have to go out of business,” said Joe Stearns, owner of Stearn Sports.
Stearnn said he and his wife have owned the shop since 1984.
The couple opened their business in 1994, and they specialize in sporting equipment and outdoor equipment.
But their current inventory is about the same as it was in 2017, he said.
“We sold all of our equipment in January.
We’re pretty low on inventory,” he said, adding that he’s sold his own equipment.
Stenning said the recent shortage of sporting equipment comes after a string of closures and the closures of other retailers.
“A lot of people are looking for other options,” he added.
Stena said that the company is working to sell its inventory through a third-party seller.
Stensons family has been operating the business for 25 years, he added, and it has sold over 1 million items since opening.
For many of the same reasons, many other businesses across the country are closing, too, Stena explained.
He pointed to the closure of the New York City Marathon, the closure in January of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, the closings of the Cincinnati Zoo and a host of other businesses.
“You don’t want to be closing a business that has so many loyal customers,” he told Business Insider.
“It’s a sad thing to have happen.”
Business Insider reached out to Stearned Sports for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.