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Wednesday, April 25 Business

With Danbury closure at hand, retailer at new trailhead

A United Kingdom company completed its acquisition of Connecticut-based Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports, after a bankruptcy process resulting in the closure of multiple southwestern Connecticut stores in the past year.

Sports Direct International stated Wednesday it will maintain 50 Bob’s and EMS stores in the Northeast, along with five EMS outdoor adventure schools. SDI bills itself as the United Kingdom’s largest sporting goods retailer, with brands including Everlast, No Fear and Slazenger.

Bob’s Stores has been holding clearance sales as it readies to close its store in Danbury, having previously specified plans to shutter additional stores in Fairfield and Milford. At last report, the company was expected to retain Bob’s Stores in Norwalk and Ansonia.

Also slated for closure was an EMS store in Fairfield.

SDI said it plans to expand product lines in remaining stores and online, including “an extensive portfolio” in its words of European brands not previously sold by Bob’s and EMS under the retailers’ former Meriden-based parent Eastern Outfitters.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-964-2236; www.twitter.com/casoulman