Escape Outdoors closes downtown location
After less than two years at its downtown location, Escape Outdoors, a locally owned outdoor equipment store, is consolidating to one store at its Evans location.
Owner Brian Cliatt said he “felt like this was the best decision for the business,” and said he is open to opening another location in the future but is not actively looking.
Escape Outdoors opened its downtown location in June 2015, hoping to capitalize on the riverfront location with its kayak rentals. Cliatt noted the incredible growth and development downtown but reiterated that the best thing for his business was to reduce to one store.
The owner of the downtown building Escape Outdoors leased is Fred Daitch. Daitch tells Buzz on Biz he has restored the building and that it is in great shape. He said prospective tenants that have looked at the building include a restaurant and brewery.
Escape Outdoors sells major apparel brands like True Grit, Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’teryx, Chaco and Olukai, as well as outdoor equipment such as kayaks, water bottles, backpacks and more. Kayak rental will still be available as well.