I just read today that Sportsmans is probably coming back into Spokane, but it will be on Division Street - ugh!
I really liked Sportsmans back in the day but they seemed to be in a competition with Cabelas to open stores in every corner of the west. Then the great recession hit, and they were caught in the trap of being too highly leveraged with while their sales declined. They went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, sold approximately 1/3 of their stores to Warehouse Sports (a Canadian company), closed 1/3 and held on to 1/3. I sincerely hope they learned their lesson and that they have emerged with a sustainable business plan. Not all companies survived what Sportsmans went through. I was a fan of Joe's, who went Chapter 7...done.
Black Sheep in Coeur d'Alene is a great example of a local merchant hanging on with sound business decisions, a great standing with the locals, and with knowledgeable sales help. Unfortunately, they are skewed toward fishing and big game. Their waterfowl offering is practically nonexistent.
I hope Sportsmans makes a comeback to the kind of operation they once were...when I patronized them frequently.