BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Dick's Sporting Goods announced that it will stop selling hunting rifles and ammunition at 125 of its stores.
CEO Ed Stack says the move comes after the sporting goods retailer replaced hunting merchandise in 10 of its stores in last year's third quarter.
Those stores posted strong sales and profit margin numbers in the fourth quarter, Stack says.
The hunting gear will be removed this year from another 125 stores where it does not sell well.
It will be replaced with "merchandise categories that can drive growth, each based on the needs of that particular market."
Stack announced the decision in a conference call with market analysts.
The Pittsburgh-based company operates 729 Dick's Sporting Goods stores across the US, with its first store opening in Binghamton in 1948.