Englewood braces for big job losses as Sports Authority headquarters to close

Sports Authority to Close Remaining Stores

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- All Sports Authority stores will soon be having going-out-of-business sales.

Months after it first filed for bankruptcy and planned to downsize, Sports Authority filed new paperwork Wednesday revealing its plans to close all stores.

The move will likely hit hardest in a Colorado city that doesn't have a Sports Authority store. Englewood is home to the Sports Authority corporate office and city leaders said they're preparing for the worst.

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Englewood braces for big job losses as Sports Authority headquarters to close
DENVER, CO - APRIL 26: Customers come and go from the Sports Authority flagship 'Sports Castle' at 1000 Broadway in Denver on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Sports Authority has abandoned hope of reorganizing and exiting bankruptcy and instead will count on buyers to save parts of its sprawling retail chain, company lawyer Robert Klyman told a judge Tuesday.(Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A Sports Authority store is shown in Encinitas, California on March 2, 2016. Sports Authority Inc. said it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and hired liquidators to begin closing up to 200 of its 463 locations. REUTERS/Mike Blake
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 02: A Sports Authority store is seen as the company files for Chapter 11 bankrupty on March 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The chain of stores owned by private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners will seek to sell or close about 140 stores. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GREENFIELD, WI - NOVEMBER 28: Shoppers wait in temperatures in the mid teens as they wait to get their holiday shopping season going at the annual Black Friday sales event at the Sports authority store November 28, 2014 in Greenfield, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a Sports Authority Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Sports Authority, once the biggest sporting-goods chain in the U.S., is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Retail sign. Sports Authority store in Lakewood, California.
SKISALES01-- Tents a set up, Wednesday Sept. 01, 2010, for people waiting in line to be the first shoppers inside for Sports Authority's Snigrab Labor Day weekend ski and snowboard sales, at Sports Authority's store on Broadway Ave. in Denver. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NILES, IL - JANUARY 24: A sales associate walks past a Sports Authority sign near an athletic-shoe display at a Sports Authority store January 24, 2006 in Niles, Illinois. Sports Authority has announced that it has reportedly entered into an agreement to be acquired by a group of investors organized by Green Equity Investors IV, L.P. Englewood, Colorado-based Sports Authority is reported to be one of the country's largest sporting goods stores with about 398 retailers in 45 states under various store names. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 20: Chicago Bears merchandise is on display at a Sports Authority store in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, December 20, 2005. The Chicago Bears' unexpected run at the National Football League playoffs with a division-leading 9-4 record, including the longest winning streak since the team's last Super Bowl title in 1985 -- 8 games -- is boosting business for sports bars and team-merchandise sellers. (Photo by Joe Tabacca/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Staff Photo by John Ewing, Wed, Jan 30, 2002: New England Patriots merchandise has been a big seller at the Sports Authority store at the Maine Mall as fans look forward to this weekends Super Bowl game. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Not long ago, Sports Authority was Englewood's second largest employer. City Manager Eric Keck said the corporation has already gone from 900 employees to roughly 600.

"We're unsure of the exact number of employees that remain as they've had several rounds of layoffs," Keck said. "We're preparing for the fact that Sports Authority will not be in our community any longer with their presence and that is difficult."

Keck said it's even more difficult because even though the retailer has made it clear that all its remaining stores will be liquidating this summer, very little is known about the plans for the corporate office.

"We actually have made multiple attempts to try and talk to Sports Authority," Keck said. "Some of the contacts that we've had there and we simply have not had a response back."

Though uncertainty remains surrounding the immediate future of the Sports Authority corporate office, Keck said the landowner is making plans for the site, which could include a mixed-use residential development.

Meanwhile, local businesses are bracing for a ripple effect. Steakhouse 10 is located a couple of blocks from Sports Authority and counts on 20 to 40 employees dining with it every day.

"They're like family to us. They've meant a lot to us," co-owner Pete Kalasountas said. "It's a big number considering how small of a business we are here."

Though the traffic is still steady, he said everyone is anxious to know what the future holds.

"Every day they come in now they're like, 'Well, it's a day-to-day thing. We don't know where our job is going to end up,'" Kalasountas said.

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