Field & Stream (retailer)

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Field & Stream
Subsidiary
IndustryRetail
FoundedAugust 16, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-08-16)
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
HeadquartersCoraopolis, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Number of locations
35 (August 2016)[1]
Area served
United States
ProductsHunting, fishing, and outdoor merchandise
ParentDick's Sporting Goods
(2013–present)
Websitewww.fieldandstreamshop.com

Field & Stream is a retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor recreation merchandise that is a subsidiary of Dick's Sporting Goods. Despite its name, the retailer has no association with Field & Stream magazine, the seminal outdoor publication, founded in 1895. The company's logo date of "1871" references the origination of Gordon & Ferguson Merchandising Company, who sold clothing under the brand "Field and Stream" starting in 1915. Dick's purchased licensing rights to the name from Gordon and Ferguson's successors in 2012.[2][3]

History[edit]

On August 16, 2013, Dick's Sporting Goods opened its first Field & Stream Shop in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Dick's location in Cranberry (Dick's had moved to a newer location nearby in Cranberry Township in 2012), operating as a competitor to Cabela's.[4] Willie Robertson of the reality television series Duck Dynasty made a speaking appearance at a wedding at the store, with both participants dressed in camouflage,[5] as well as retired WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels (currently hosting MacMillan River Adventures on the Outdoor Channel) appearing at the store to sign autographs for the grand opening.[6] Later in the month, the store began selling AR-15 semi-automatic rifles,[7] ending the chain's 2012 self-imposed suspension of sales of certain semi-automatic firearms following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[8]

The first locations opened after the Cranberry store were in Erie, Pennsylvania (on the site of a proposed Cabela's store that Dick's had purchased before Cabela's had a chance to buy it), Altoona, Pennsylvania,[9] and Crescent Springs, Kentucky.[4] On October 10, 2014, a newly constructed Field & Stream Shop opened in Miamisburg, Ohio, and Horseheads, New York. The Miamisburg store opened its doors on October 8, 2014, although the official opening was not until October 10, 2014.[10]

Field & Stream planned to open 30 to 35 stores by the end of 2017.[11]

On February 28, 2018, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Field & Stream announced that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles; and it will no longer sell high-capacity magazines. Field & Stream said it would no longer sell firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Field & Stream said it has never, and will never, sell bump fire stocks that allow a person to modify a semi-automatic firearm to fire more rapidly.[12]

On May 9, 2018, O.F. Mossberg & Sons announced its decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists.[13] This follows Springfield Armory and MKS Supply making similar announcements.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stores". Field & Stream. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Field & Stream Reaches Agreement To Sell Certain Trademarks To Dick's Sporting Goods". PR Newswire. Cision. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ "TIMES MIRROR MAGAZINES INC v. FIELD STREAM LICENSES COMPANY". FindLaw. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lindeman, Teres F. (August 14, 2014). "Field & Stream store gears up for grand opening in Cranberry". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Duck Dynasty Star pops by for western PA couples camouflage wedding". The Associated Press. August 17, 2013. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels 'like kid in a candy store' at new Field & Stream". WTAE. June 11, 2014. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013.
  7. ^ O'Connor, Clare (August 20, 2013). "Despite Self-Imposed Ban, Dick's Sporting Goods Selling AR-15 Rifles At New Offshoot". Forbes. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Candiotti, Susan (December 18, 2012). "Sporting goods chain suspends sale of certain semi-automatic after shooting". CNN. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Field & Stream store planned for the Altoona area". Archived from the original on 2014-02-09.
  10. ^ Field & Stream (September 29, 2014). "Field & Stream Specialty Store to Open October 10th in Miamisburg, OH". prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Buy Dick's Sporting Goods as new store concepts target women's apparel, outdoors". Seeking Alpha. July 27, 2015. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "Media Statements". Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. February 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "BREAKING: Mossberg Discontinues Sales To Dick's Sporting Goods - The Truth About Guns". The Truth About Guns. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  14. ^ "Springfield Armory Cuts Off Dick's Sporting Goods - The Truth About Guns". The Truth About Guns. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  15. ^ "Hi Point, Inland Manufacturing Latest Brands to Say No To Dick's Sporting Goods - The Truth About Guns". The Truth About Guns. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2018-05-09.