Sports Authority Inc. plans to close its stores if the struggling retailer can’t find a buyer in the coming weeks, according to news reports.
The Colorado-based company has 15 stores in Washington, including one at the Bellis Fair Mall.
The company is contending with sliding sales and mounting debt.
It missed a debt payment in January and was expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Sport Authority reportedly has been in talks with rival big-box chains Dick’s Sporting Good and Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Dick’s has five Washington locations. Modell’s is based on the East Coast with stores between Virginia and New Hampshire.