Sport Chalet closing all stores, stops online sales

- Sport Chalet is closing all its stores and shutting down its online sales, the La Canada Flintridge sporting goods company announced Saturday.

The decision affects more than 30 stores in Southern California.

A statement on the company's website said the stores will remain open until at least April 29 to accommodate gift cards and rewards certificates.

"While our online store is no longer available, all Sport Chalet stores will remain open for several weeks, offering customers the opportunity to use their remaining rewards and gift cards, and to take advantage of great sales," a message reads on its website.

The company was founded in 1959 by Norbert J. Olberz, with its first store in La Canada Flintridge, where it remained headquartered for the next several decades.

What began as one specialty sporting goods location expanded into a string of full-service sporting goods stores across the Southland, and eventually expanded to Northern California, Arizona and Nevada as well.

Sport Chalet went public in 1992.

The company operates 13 stores in Los Angeles County, seven stores in Orange County, four in San Diego County, three in Riverside County, three in San Bernardino County and three in Ventura County.

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