ONEONTA — Sport Tech, in Oneonta since 1984, is closing permanently, the sporting goods store owners said today.
Ed and Cameron Lorenz , with Bob and Nancy Scanlon, partners in the specialty shop at 166 Main St., said in a news release that a going out of business sale will start immediately.
Both couples said they plan to stay in the area and are excited about exploring other career paths, a media release said, and plans are under way for possible continuation of their bicycle business.
Sport Tech sold top-of-the line equipment, shoes, clothing and accessories for people with active lifestyles in a range of individual and team sports, its website said.
Customers are encouraged to use gift cards and store credits before the store closes, the release said.
The closing of Sport Tech is a ``major loss,’’ Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said this morning.
Sport Tech has been not only a significant presence on Main Street downtown but also a flagship operation because of its size and inventory of upscale merchandize, he said.
With changes in the industry, particularly skiing, Miller said, he understood the partners’ decisions to close. The pending arrival of Dick’s Sporting Good at Southside Mall later this year may have hastened their decision but wasn’t the ``ultimate reason,’’ he said.
Miller said he is optimistic about possibilities for the bicycle business, and the city is offering assistance, adding that Sport Tech’s owners have contributed not only to the business community but also to the local culture and community.
``We have to thank the Scanlons and the Lorenzes,’’ Miller said.
Sport Tech formed when Charlie Faulds, Ed Lorenz and Nancy and Bob Scanlon bought Jim Konstanty sporting Goods on Sept. 17, 1984. Cameron Lorenz became the fourth partner after Faulds died in 1988.
Sport Tech won the Otsego County Chamber Small Business of the Year award in 2001 and the Future for Oneonta Foundation’s Business of the year in 2009.
Sport Tech has employed more than 40 people, ages 14-20, who contributed their youth and energy to the store, a media release said, and the owners thanked hundreds of loyal customers who supported them.
Sport Tech has had long partnerships with Oneonta Youth Soccer, The Pit Run, Hartwick College athletics and the track and cross country program at the State University College at Oneonta, the release said.