Landmark La Cañada Flintridge sporting goods chain Sport Chalet Inc. is being sold to Vestis Retail Group, creating one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the country.
Vestis, which owns East Coast sports retailers Bob's Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports, said it will buy all outstanding shares of Sport Chalet for $1.20 per share. Vestis is owned by Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management.
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An earlier version of this post said Vestis owns retailer Bob's Sporting Goods. It owns Bob's Stores.
Sport Chalet declined to comment on the sales price.
The iconic Southern California sporting goods retailer has struggled in recent years, battling back from the recession in an increasingly competitive market for sports gear.
With the addition of Sport Chalet's 51 stores, Vestis said it will have a national hold in the sporting-goods market. All three chains will keep their original names but combine sales lines, the company said.
Competing against retailers such as Big 5 and Dick's Sporting Goods, Vestis said it plans to combine Sport Chalet's back-office and online logistics operations with the Eastern Mountain Sports chain in the Mid-Atlantic states and Bob's Stores in the Northeast, "to create one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the U.S." with more than 150 stores.
"Sport Chalet greatly strengthens our position in the active lifestyle and outdoor categories, provides scale from which to grow, and diversifies our geographic footprint," said Mark Walsh, Vestis chief executive.
The price per share is a premium to Sport Chalet's recent trading price around $1.12 per share.
Sport Chalet will retain its president and chief executive, Craig L. Levra, who will report to Vestis from La Cañada Flintridge.
Founding members of Sport Chalet and some company executives have already agreed to sell their shares to Vestis.
The deal is expected to close during the third quarter.