King’s Archery closed in late December. | Courtesy of King’s Archery Facebook

Feeling pressure from big-box retail stores, King’s Archery shop and range has shut its doors, leaving archers who want to “buy local” with few options.

The announcement came last week that the store’s final day was on Dec. 29, a few days prior.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers over the years. There are so many of you who have become like family to us. We will miss you greatly!!” King’s Archery owner, Scott King, posted on social media and the businesses’ website.

“We found it increasing[ly] hard to compete with the big box stores and were forced to close. Thank you again to our loyal customers these past 22 years.”

The phone number for King’s Archery has been disconnected. Insider has reached out to King for additional comment on his decision to close.

People on Facebook and Instagram thanked King’s for its service to the community and superior customer service and noted how saddened they were to hear the news. The business is working with people who have remaining gift card balances to spend.

Back in 2017, King’s Archery, which sells archery and hunting gear, moved into a larger space at 4624 Hendrik Drive and opened a 22-lane shooting range.

In further comments on Facebook, King’s Archery said that range “helped us just not enough.”

At the time of the move, King told Insider that the business needed more space because archery is “in vogue” and a number of Jefferson County Public Schools offer archery program. He planned to rent the lanes out to school-related programs.

Despite the positive momentum, he also noted that the store faced competition from big-box outdoor retailers such as Cabela’s and Academy Sports and Outdoors.

“Other than the grace of God, service is what keeps us open,” King said in April 2017.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]