Sports Authority Humble Texas
Here are a few photos from a closing sale of the Sports Authority. About 25% of the Sports Authority stores began going out of business sales when they filed for bankruptcy including all of the stores in Texas. A few weeks after these stores began closing sales, the company decided to close the rest of the stores ending the company.
The Sports Authority came into Houston when Gart Sports merged with Sports Authority and changed the names of the stores. This former Oshman's store was originally across the highway at Deerbrook Mall in a much smaller space. This location opened as an Oshman's Super Sports USA in the mid 90's. The interior of the store looks almost exactly as it did when it opened, minus the Sports Authority signage above the exit doors. This store did not age well and began looking dated about 10 years ago. The Sports Authority was an expensive alternative to Academy and had a hard time competing especially in the past 5 years after the nearby Academy moved into a larger store once again.
This was one strange going out of business sale. They had a few papers at the door for the first week of the sale, but no big signage and pulled a ton of merchandise off of the floor. I guess they sent the best merchandise to the stores that were originally going to stay open. They also shipped in a bunch of sports gear from different cities across the US. While the store was open they had gear from all of the Texas teams, LSU, and whatever team won a championship that year.
This was the back area of the store with guns, camping supplies, summer games, and football gear.
These signs remained up even after the announcement of the rest of the company closing.
Peeling paint on the air vents, they are like this across the store.
Most, if not all of the players in this photo retired many years ago.
Enjoy the rest of the store
Somebody put some clothes on these mannequins
It is amazing that once a store starts a going out of business sale, parts of the sign stop working.
I am not sure exactly when the sale concluded, but it was about a month after I took the last set of photos.
Here is the same store after the closing sale ended. The sign was taken down a few months of closing.