After almost a decade in business, local shop All Sports is closing its doors, and the Staub family is preparing for the end of their dream of owning their own business.


After almost a decade in business, local shop All Sports is closing its doors, and the Staub family is preparing for the end of their dream of owning their own business.
Robin Staub said it was a tough decision, but the time has come to close up the shop.
“We have sure enjoyed being here,” she said. “We definitely enjoy visiting with people. ... We made lots of friends.”
The store offered sports-themed clothing and memorabilia, including items for regional teams such as Kansas State University. The store in Newton had been open for three years, and the family also had run a location in Wichita for more than seven years. Both locations will be closing.
The business started off displaying some merchandise in the Golf USA store but decided to move into a bigger space. Staub said the family enjoyed being a part of the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops and was pleased with the cost of rent.
“I just can’t say enough about the staff here at this mall,” Staub said. “They are so helpful. They did so much to help move us in.”
She said a variety of factors led to the family’s decision to close the store, including competition from “big box” stores and the Internet, and the state of the economy as a whole.
It can be tougher for specialty stores to compete in a down economy, and as people’s finances tighten, small shops like All Sports often suffer, she said.
“When people start cutting back, unfortunately our items are where people choose to cut back,” she said. “We just kept hoping the economy would turn around, and it just never did for us.”
Licensed sports items — such as T-shirts with team logos — can be expensive, but she said the store tried to offer good prices. She said they also focused on customer service.
The Newton All Sports’ official closing date is Sept. 1. The shop will have a 60 percent off sale starting Monday, and then in two weeks, the discount will be moved up to 70 percent. Staub would like to get rid of all the items before the store closes.
All members of the family now will be unemployed.
“That is very scary in these times,” she said.
Although Staub is sad the store will be closing, she said it has been a good experience, and she’s grateful for the support from the Newton community the past three years.
“I know God has a plan for us, and we just have to see where He leads us next,” she said.