Longtime outdoor retailer “Herb” Philipson’s is up for sale, company President Gary Philipson announced today.
After 67 years in business, Philipson says the following reasons contributed to the decision:
- “The retail environment has changed over the past few years as more and more customers are choosing to shop online and traffic coming to our stores continues to decline.”
- “The cold weather, which has been our bread and butter, is not a given any more to generate sales.”
- “The combination of my age, my health challenges, and the realization that my kids are not interested in taking over the business, has forced me to make these hard choices.”
Philipson says that in an increasingly competitive retail environment, he feels that "new energy" and "fresh vision" are needed moving forward. He says they plan to operate all nine stores going forward.
“Herb” Philipson’s, ' the "Outfitters for the Great Outdoors," was founded by Gary Philipson’s father, Herb Philipson, in 1951, with the first location opening in Rome. The nine store locations include:
Rome – 1899 Black River Blvd.
New Hartford – 1 Center St.
Oneida – 2044 Glenwood Shopping Plaza
Herkimer – 232 W. Albany St.
Watertown – 1283 Arsenal St.
Liverpool – Rt. 57, 7421 Oswego Rd.
Newark – Arcadia Shopping Center
Oswego – 293 State Rt. 104 E.
DeWitt – 3179 Erie Blvd. E.