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The History of Dick's Sporting Goods, More Than Just a Bait-and-Tackle Shop

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Dick's Sporting Goods began with a nudge from Grandma.

In 1948, Richard "Dick" Stack was working at an Army Surplus store. His boss asked him for some ideas to expand the business.  Well, since Dick was an avid fisherman, he suggested selling fishing tackle. His boss, wasn't impressed with his idea. Frustrated, Dick quit.  

He later told his grandmother about the idea. She asked him how much it would cost to open his own store. He told her $300.  Well, she did what any loving grandmother would do.  She went to her cookie jar, pulled out the money, and told him to "do it yourself".

And the rest, as they say, is history.

A History of Dick's Sporting Goods 

1948. Richard "Dick" Stack starts a fishing tackle store in Binghamton, New York.

1994. The company's headquarters relocates to Pittsburgh 

2013. Dick's Sporting Goods opens its first Field & Stream store near Pittsburgh.

2016.  Sports Authority, Affinity Sports and Golfsmith is acquired.

2018 Dick's Sporting Goods stops selling assault weaponsfollowing the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

2019. Dick's Sporting Goods announces it will stop selling firearms at 125 stores

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