The Sportsman moves next to Grocery Outlet
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – If you’ve noticed the abandoned building on Lake Tahoe Boulevard where The Sportsman was less than a month ago, don’t worry, the local sports shop is still around. Owner Scott Shehadi said he was thinking of shutting the doors for good, but decided to give it another go at a new location, 2358 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
“It’s the old Outdoorsman building for those that have been around a long, long time,” said Shehadi. “We chose this location because of its access to Highway 50; it’s easily visible from the road. The foot traffic that goes in and out of Grocery Outlet will be a huge help for us this summer and the history is kind of neat since it was originally the Outdoorsman, whose owners, when the Outdoorsman shut down, then opened the Sportsman and I bought it from them. So part of it is kind of full-circle.
“Some of the mounts we got on the wall used to hang in the Outdoorsman, so they’ve come back home.”
The shop, which is still coming together at the new location, carries fishing gear, some baseball gear and eventually summer inflatables. In the winter, it will switch over to a ski shop. It is also getting its camping line in and will soon sell disc golf gear.
“We’re getting our full line of fishing gear in, our spin fishing stuff. We’re going to increase our fly fishing stuff to include some more line, some of the essentials for fly fishing, nothing for tying, but just general fly fishing,” he said. “Of course we got our baseball and softball stuff up.”
Shehadi said that it is like a second wind for the Sportsman, which is looking to take advantage of a larger space to expand the products they carry.
“We’re excited, because of the extra space because it’s bigger. It’ll allow us to do extra things. We got our minnow tanks in the back so the kids will be able to see the minnows if they want to see the minnow that are in the back and we’re just excited about the opportunity to do more,” he said. “I’m in the process of talking with a guy about maybe doing more athletic shoes, more athletic gear maybe getting into some climbing gear as well.”