Sports Authority closing by summer's end
WINTER GARDEN After weeks of speculation and a prior announcement that only 143 of 450 sporting goods stores would close amid Chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures, Sports Authority CEO Michael Foss announced on May 25 the closure of all Sports Authority stores by the end of August.
In a prior Sports Authority announcement months ago, the location at Winter Garden Village would have been spared, but officials have elected to close all 450 stores.
In the official release, he also said the Sports Authority League loyalty program and Sports Authority credit cards terminated as of May 25. Workers will accept exchanges and returns through June 25 and gift cards through June 28. Warranties, on the other hand, will continue without interruption through Asurion.
The "Going out of Business" sale is underway, and all items--with some exclusions--are currently available for up to 30% off.
The other West Orange County location of Sports Authority is at 7500 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando.
Contact Zak Kerr at zkerr@OrangeObserver.com.