as much as i don't want to lose another sporting goods store, wholesale in lacey has sucked since they were bought from sportsman's, and was mediocre since they opened. in my opinion, it's a management thing, because the federal way store has always been better by leaps and bounds.
pretty bad when i can't even get a spool of line, or pack of hooks, because they've been sold out for months and not restocked. same goes for their hunting supplies, and their clothing selection has always been awful(nothing like finding something you want...but they only have 2, one in S and the other in XXXL). at least cabelas keeps things in stock, though they usually don't stock exactly what i'm wanting. i find myself going to sportco a couple times a year and stocking up instead most of the time.
it sure would be nice to have some local mom-n-pop stores around, but i just don't see it happening in this area. fishing's just too lousy to support it. tumwater sports was the last local shop, and they're gone. i don't mind paying a little more at places like that, but their prices were around twice as much as anywhere else, so it doesn't surprise me that they went out of business.
fred meyers used to have a great fishing tackle department...15 years ago. it's a joke now. same with walmart, when they opened in lacey they had 3 whole aisles of fishing gear, but it's down to 1 now and it's mostly junk that i'd never think of buying.
team captain, "better luck next time"