Rumors started floating around a couple weeks ago that Sportsman’s Warehouse would be reopening its Roanoke location.
Those rumors were confirmed when the company recently added Roanoke to its map of store locations. Karen Seaman, the company’s chief marketing officer, left no doubt.
“We are returning to the area this spring and looking forward to reopening our store in Roanoke,” she wrote to me in an email earlier today.
According to the company’s website, the store, which is on Ferncliff Avenue near the Hersberger Road and I-581 interchange, will open on April 16, with a grand opening celebration on April 28.
I’m trying to connect with Seaman by phone for more details.
The Roanoke store was one of 23 the company closed in 2009 as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Fifteen stores were sold to a Canadian company. A cash investment from a venture capital company helped the company get back on its feet, and Sportsman’s Warehouse emerged from Chapter 11 in August of 2009.
Since word of the return of Sportman’s Warehouse has started getting around, I’ve heard from several people who were enthusiastic about the news. Even though the Roanoke store was open for less than two years, the store earned plenty of devoted fans.