Dear friends, customers and fans of college hockey,
It is with great sadness and disappointment that we announce, after 15 years, that we will begin the process of closing our online merchandise business.
This can be good news for fans of college hockey because we will be marking down all current in-stock items. So, fans can take advantage of great pricing! Given the discount pricing, we'd expect some items to go fast and would encourage you to purchase soon. We will no longer be replenishing any regular season items.
We will, however, be bringing in a limited amount of full-price items for the Hockey East Tournament Champions, the WCHA Tournament Champions, the 2014 Frozen Four and the 2014 Men's Division I College Hockey National Champions. So you can expect to see full-price items surrounding those events, so that we can fulfill the needs of our partners.
In 1999, we began by moving all the furniture out of our bedroom (except the bed) and put shelving around all the walls. We have expanded (at one point to a warehouse of over 5,000 square feet) and contracted over the years. Unfortunately, we have been suffering yearly merchandise business losses for some time now. We have tried to find ways and financing to stay afloat, but we have been unsuccessful.
We made an effort to set ourselves apart from other companies by making our primary focus on college hockey, and we did have some successful years. We'd like to thank our many great customers! Some of our customers have been shopping with us since the beginning.
This was certainly a difficult decision, especially after being in the business for such a long time. It is a very emotional moment.
We hope that folks will take advantage of the great pricing we will have going forward. It is uncertain when we will officially shut down our store. We do expect that items will move quickly at the discount pricing. We hope that you will find some good value in your purchases as we begin the process of closing.
We'd like to again thank our great customers over the years. We will miss being able to service you and we will miss our merchandise affiliation with college hockey. Ordering new items and preparing for events like the Frozen Four was always exciting for us, and we will miss that process.
Thanks again and best wishes to all,
Dan and Lynn Parkhurst
Owners, SportDesigns.com and CollegeHockeyGear.com