CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee – June 28, 2016 – After 53 years in business, Clarksville’s iconic store Grandpa’s Outdoors is closing their doors forever. Mrs. Jackie Langford, Vice President of Grandpa’s, located at 1894 Fort Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville, announced her decision to retire earlier this month. SB Capital Group has been retained by Mrs. Langford to assist her in operating a “Store Closing Sale,” with discounts on more than $1.5 million worth of retail inventory.
Grandpa’s Outdoors was founded by Don G. Riner, better known as Grandpa. Mr. Riner was an accomplished pilot who had flown as an Army Air Corp Flight Instructor in India during World War II, returning after the war to fly as a pilot for the Ohio Oil Company. In 1963, with the help of a friend from St. Louis, Mr. T.W. Pidgeon, Mr. Riner opened his store. Mr. Pidgeon, the owner of stores operating in the Midwest, had told Mr. Riner “when you get ready to settle down to real work on the ground, I will help set you up with your own discount store.” From those early days, and with much success over many years, Grandpa’s Outdoors grew from 25,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet, and became the destination in the Clarksville Area for the avid outdoorsman.
Jackie Langford remembers the first construction phases of the store. She began working as a cashier for her father when she was 16. Over the years, Mrs. Langford worked in every department in the store, eventually moving into the office with buying and accounting responsibilities. She attended Austin Peay State University, receiving her BA in Business Administration. Jackie became vice president of the company, and when Mr. Riner passed in July of 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Langford remained at the helm of the company her father founded.
Grandpa’s Outdoors has built a reputation of community involvement, and has sponsored innumerable community organizations such as Boy Scouts of America Troop 525, Clarksville Bass Club, Children’s TWRA Fishing Rodeo, the Kiwanis Rodeo, the Clarksville Police Department Youth Fishing Rodeo, the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion, the Night Stalker Association-160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the Annual Special Forces (Airborne) Reunion Shooting Competition. These organizations, along with many others, exemplify Grandpa’s Outdoors giving back to their community.
While the decision to close the store was a difficult and painful decision to make, Mrs. Langford is looking forward to the next phase of her life, and enjoying the many things she’s never had quite enough time for. “I want to relax and enjoy my family. I also have a passion for painting, and maybe now I can find some time to enjoy my passion,” said Mrs. Langford. “It was difficult to make this decision. Some of the employees have worked for Grandpa’s for nearly 40 years. My options were fairly limited. I finally decided it was the right time for me.”
In the coming days of the “Store Closing Sale,” discounts off Grandpa’s historically low prices will be applied to every item in the store, including guns and ammunition. Grandpa’s Outdoors has departments for Archery, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Clothing, Boots, Hardware, and Outdoor Living. Everything in the store, including merchandise from many of the most well-respected brands, will be included in the sale – Smith and Wesson, Walls, Browning, Springfield Armory, Winchester, Taurus, PSE Archery, Case, Spyderco, Benchmade, Shimano, G-Loomis, Fenwick, De Walt, Makita, Black and Decker, Stanley, Craftsman, and Georgia Boot.
Siegfried Schaffer, principal of SB Capital Group, commented “Grandpa’s is a fixture in this community. Already well-known for great brands at competitive prices, the Store Closing Sale will bring value-added savings to all of Grandpa’s customers.”
Considering the discounts SB Capital Group will offer, Mrs. Langford also emphasized the increased value available to Grandpa’s many loyal customers. “A sale like this is unprecedented in our history,” said Mrs. Langford.