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Sportsman's Warehouse to add Klamath Falls store

Sportsman's Warehouse says it will open a new store in Klamath Falls in the spring of 2015.

The Midvale, Utah-based outdoor gear chain said it was adding a store in Heber City, Utah, as well. The locations will be the fifth and sixth out of a planned eight or nine new stores opening in 2015. The Klamath Falls location will be the sixth store in Oregon.

Sportsman's Warehouse opened a 45,200-square-foot operation in Medford's Delta Center in 2007. The outdoor chain, founded in 1986, grew to nearly 70 stores under founder Stu Utgaard before recessionary pressures led to selling off 15 stores, shuttering 23 more and seeking court protection in 2009. Seidler Equity and its partners acquired controlling interest of the company when it came out of bankruptcy and took the company public last April with an initial public offering.

CEO John Schaefer indicated the Klamath Falls store is part of a shift to smaller-format locations of about 30,000 square feet. According to a story in the Klamath Falls Herald and News, the store will employ 15 to 20 workers.

"The addition of these stores is consistent with our business plan of promoting stable growth to benefit our company, our vendors, and most importantly our loyal customers in communities of all sizes," Schaefer said in a statement.

The new location is scheduled to open at 1863 Avalon St., next door to Beall's department store. Beall's is expected to open Nov. 6. The building once housed the Gottschalk’s department store and had been divided into two storefronts.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chip Massie expressed excitement about the store in an interview with the Herald and News.

“I see it as one of the ways to keep people in the community,” Massie said. “The fact that that space will now be full again … I think it moves us up in the market as a service area.

Sportsman's Warehouse operated 54 stores in 18 states as of September.