After a long wait, Grand Junction's newest sporting goods store is open at 2401 North Avenue. What will you find, and how good are the deals?

I stopped by Big 5 Sporting Goods earlier today to check it out. Their Grand Opening was last Friday, but today (Wednesday, May 29) was my first chance to give it a look. I was surprised.

What's the backstory on Big 5 Sporting Goods? According to their Facebook page, their mission is:

Throughout our 63-year history, we at Big 5 have focused on value, service, and integrity in our efforts to provide quality sporting goods products to our customers. Big 5 Sporting Goods has developed a reputation with the competitive and recreational sports enthusiast as a convenient neighborhood sporting goods store that delivers value on quality merchandise

Their newest location on North Avenue occupies the building which used to house Hasting's. I'm so old I can remember when that building was a Safeway.

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It was surprising to discover they did not take over the entire space occupied by Hastings. Several thousand square feet and are available for rent. The utilized square footage includes everything from attire, footwear, weight lifting materials, fishing, air guns, and just about anything else you can imagine. The prices on footwear and hiking shoes seem very competitive. Fortunately, items such as hiking shoes fall into that category of things you only purchase every ten years or so.

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Check out the item above. The price on these Hi-Tec hiking shoes is $39.99. It says the regular price is $89.99. I searched online, and Amazon has theirs listed at $48.00. Zappos.com has a similar item listed at $69.99.

I know nothing about fishing, but at a glance, for a store not specializing in fishing gear, they had an excellent selection.

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A couple of aisles are dedicated to fitness and weightlifting equipment. Some of the items included Weider brand accessories. Again, the prices seemed very competitive.

All in all, while smaller than I was expecting, the store appears to have an excellent selection at reasonable prices. The location is convenient. Big 5 Sporting Goods in Grand Junction is open:

  • Monday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday - 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Waylon Jordan

Welcome to Grand Junction, Big 5 Sporting Goods. I look forward to shopping at your location. I'm not a big time sports guy, but I need something. In the meantime, I'll take a shot at your Grand Opening Sweepstakes. No camping gear, but the $500 gift card would be awesome.