MISSOULA — Al’s Sporting Goods, a Utah-based retailer with three locations, announced Thursday that the company has acquired all five Bob Ward & Sons locations in Montana.
Bob Ward is a sporting goods retailer headquartered in Missoula with other stores in Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Hamilton. Al’s will take over the operations of the Montana stores, but it sounds like there will be no layoffs and not even a name change.
“We have approached this deal more like a merger than an acquisition,” said Jason Larsen, president of Al’s Sporting Goods, in a press release. “We are thrilled to welcome the current staff to the Al’s family, and will work to preserve the Bob Ward & Sons name, reputation, and legacy throughout the state of Montana.”
Although there are “no plans to change the company name,” Al’s Sporting Goods said they will “integrate certain operations and processes that have proven successful in its Utah and Idaho stores.” Al’s has locations in Logan, Utah, Orem, Utah and Idaho Falls.
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Dustin Smith, vice president of Al’s, said that many of the product lines currently offered at Bob Ward will