Field & Stream (retailer)

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Field & Stream
Subsidiary
IndustryRetail
FoundedAugust 16, 2013; 6 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]

Controversy[edit]

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]

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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Field & Stream store planned for the Altoona area". Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Media Statements". Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. February 28, 2018.