Sportsman's Warehouse plans to open a new store in Soldotna next spring, expanding the nationwide retailer's reach into Alaska.
Steve McVeigh, manger for stores in Alaska, said Tuesday that he expects the company to begin leasing retail space in the Peninsula Center Mall next to Safeway today and start reviewing bids to remodel the space.
He said he also hopes to begin interviewing for job positions in late January.
If all goes as planned, McVeigh expects the store to open in March or April.
The newest store joins three other Sportsman's Warehouses in Alaska -- in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla. McVeigh said the new store's 40,000 square feet of retail space will be slightly smaller than Anchorage, but will stock similar product lines for hunting, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities.
He said the Soldotna store will also beef up its fishing merchandise selections for Peninsula customers.
"It's pretty exciting," McVeigh said Tuesday by phone from the Anchorage store. "We think (the Peninsula) is a market that fits us well."
The Sportsman's Warehouse chain, based in Midvale, Utah, currently has 27 stores nationwide. In addition to the three stores in Alaska, there are 19 in the Western states, and one each in Iowa, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina.
The first Alaska store, in Anchorage, opened in 1993.
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