Sporting goods to be sold today at big discounts.

  • 19-Jul-2016

The court authorized the going-out-of-business sale to start “on or around” May 25 and terminate “on or around” Aug. 31, though Sports Authority could petition to extend the sale under certain circumstances, the court said. The liquidation is the direct outcome of the court’s decision to approve a contract between Sports Authority and a trio of liquidating agents that bid together on the chance to sell “all or substantially all” of the sporting good retailer’s assets, court records show.

 Sports Authority’s initial attempt to emerge from bankruptcy intact was quickly defeated by objections from around 100 creditors after the retailer petitioned to reorganize under Chapter 11 in March, according to documents filed by the retailer Tuesday. In April and May, the Englewood-based retailer attempted to find a buyer for the business as a going concern, but no interested buyer stepped forward, the retailer conceded in bankruptcy filings.

 Finally, “In an effort to maximize value ..., (Sports Authority) also offered (its) inventory for sale to liquidators,” the retailer’s lawyers told the court. Ultimately, a liquidators’ joint venture — consisting of Gordon Brothers Retail Partners and Tiger Capital Group, both of Boston, and Hilco Merchant Resources of Northbrook, Illinois — won the right to conduct the liquidation sale. The liquidations must be conducted according to a series of guidelines approved by the court.

Among the “Sale Guidelines” ordered this week: ¦ “Conspicuous signs that state ‘all sales are final” and ‘as is’ must be posted in all cash register areas.”
 ¦ Normal business hours will be maintained unless the retailer and the liquidator agree different hours are necessary to maximize value.
 ¦ Liquidators can advertise the sale as a “store closing,” “sale on everything,” “going out of business sale” or similar phrase, but are limited in the size and number of storefront banners it can fly.
 ¦ Distributing handbills about the sale is prohibited, but sign walkers who twirl their signs “in a safe and professional manner” are allowed. To know more visit our site