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Scheels Sporting Goods

By | Last Modified: February 21, 2018
Scheels Sporting Goods at Kirkwood Mall
Kirkwood Mall Interior – Scheels Sporting Goods

Scheels is a regional sporting goods, hardware, and clothing retailer headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota.

Scheels opened its first Bismarck location at Arrowhead Plaza in or before 19701 (exact year unconfirmed), as a hardware/sporting goods store. A second Bismarck store, originally measuring 7,585 square feet, opened at Kirkwood Mall in 1984. It was the company’s 16th total location and its first “All Sports” location, with a focus exclusively on sporting goods. Scheels ran both stores conjointly until selling its Arrowhead store in 1988.

Between 1984-1995, Scheels expanded its Kirkwood store at least four times to 14,700 square feet.

In 1995, it nearly doubled to 28,000 square feet by expanding into the former Shades Nightclub and Dakota Pets spaces. Scheels graduated into a junior anchor and was, at the time, the 6th largest store at Kirkwood, larger than Osco Drug and only smaller than the primary anchors.

Scheels engulfed its neighboring tenants, including Sbarro and Karmelkorn, with store entrances facing two hallways and an exterior access.

Scheels continued ongoing expansion henceforth, until enveloping most of the southwest wing by 2012. After expanding by an additional 40,000 square feet, it became the company’s largest single-floor store.

The first Scheels opened in Sabin, Minnesota as a hardware and general merchandise store in 1902. They eventually relocated to Fargo, where it remained a hardware store until expanding into sporting goods in 1954. The company recently opened the nation’s largest sporting goods store in Sparks, Nevada – which is slightly larger than its flagship store in Fargo.

1Sources vary on the year Scheels opened, including in 1965 and 1973. Newspaper articles prove it was around as early as 1970 in Arrowhead Plaza.

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