MARYVILLE, Mo. — After more than 13 years, Jock’s Nitch will be closing its Maryville store this month.
The apparel, sporting goods and screen printing location had become too expensive to keep open, Jock’s Nitch president Phil Minton said.
“No. 1 is just, the building’s so big, the cost is prohibitively expensive — utilities and taxes,” Minton said.
The decision to close wasn’t made until mid-October, Minton said.
Since July 2006, the store had provided local Bearcat and Spoofhound apparel at its 108 S. Main St. location in Maryville.
“I feel bad because I love this town,” Minton told The Forum, pointing to the passionate fanbases of the high school and university.
Minton said it’s possible the Pittsburg, Kansas-based company could continue to have a presence in Maryville in the future, but not in its current location.
“This store is really unique to my company,” Minton said. “My other stores are all in Kansas, so the other stores have KU, K-State, a lot more Chiefs and Royals gear, so we do a lot more of that stuff.
“Whereas here, it’s all unique. So it all has to be special custom-made for this town here. I can’t share with my other towns.”
But in addition to costs, Minton said a scheduling change in the Division II football championship game that pushed the game back a week had a subtle but devastating effect on his business.
“We won it in ’13 and ’16, and that’s the year our championship sales got cut down to nothing because the kids are all gone, they’re not here,” Minton said. “And when they come back, it’s already a month later; they don’t care about it. So that was the biggest thing. … You have to have windfalls to keep your doors open; that really helped us out a lot.
“And since they moved it back a week, no kids are on campus. That killed us.”
In addition to the cost of the building, which has now been put up for sale, Minton also cited the increased prevalence of online-only marketplaces like Amazon and Eastbay that sell sporting goods and apparel.
The store will be open during special hours for a going-out-of-business sale 9 a.m .to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9 and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.