Scheels Sporting Goods
Scheels is a regional sporting goods, hardware, and clothing retailer headquartered in Fargo.
Scheels opened its first Bismarck location at Arrowhead Plaza in 19731. The store was relocated to Kirkwood Mall in 1984, where it became the company’s first store devoted entirely to sporting goods – penned “Scheels All Sports” due to this distinction.
Over the years, Scheels expanded into additional spaces within the mall, including the former McDonald’s location in 2003. Scheels relocated into the former Target space in 2007, but maintains its bicycle department out of the former McDonalds space, adjacent to their main location.
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.
In 2012, Scheels announced plans to expand its Kirkwood Mall location by 40,000 square feet. The expansion was completed shortly after, becoming the chain’s largest single-floor location.
The original junior anchor space at Kirkwood Mall occupied by Scheels once housed Shades Nightclub.
1Some sources indicate that Scheels first opened its Bismarck location in 1965. Based on this, it is reasonable to assume that Scheels had a location prior to opening at Arrowhead Plaza, however this has not been confirmed and thus the 1973 date is used.
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