Outdoor gear retailer Hoigaard's is sold

  • Article by: Steve Alexander , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 5:08 PM

The 118-year-old firm became a Twin Cities landmark in St. Louis Park

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viktorvaughnApr. 24, 1310:49 AM

Sad to hear. Hoigaard's sells quality gear at reasonable prices. Vail Corp is not known for reasonably pricing anything...

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chuckoffApr. 24, 1310:50 AM

When I was a kid Hoigards was absolutely the most awesome outdoors store in the whole Metro area for Mom and Dad to take us to. They have a lot, lot more competition these days but will never forget going there as kid in the 1960's.

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buzzard23Apr. 24, 1311:05 AM

Didn't Vail Resorts, with operations in Colorado and California, buy Afton Alps? So operations are in Colorado, California and Minnesota...

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sternitzkyApr. 24, 1311:59 AM

My first pair of downhill skis came from Hoigaards, "Hart Hornets"!

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lakestellaApr. 24, 13 1:20 PM

I too grew up going to the "old" Hoigaards store, our family spent a lot of money there on ski equiptment. Didn't care as much for the new location, seemed much smaller and less selection.

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phatcatpatApr. 24, 13 2:18 PM

Overpriced retailer bought by overpriced ski resort operator. No story here.

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thisislameApr. 24, 13 3:44 PM

Remember at Hooigards we sell you what we have, not what you want. I am still holding out for the ski/patio set combo....

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wonderingwhyApr. 24, 13 4:18 PM

Last time, and I mean the last time, the place was like a ghost town and the help was clueless and uninterested. And the selection, very poor. I had expected the story to say it closed.

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bwikApr. 24, 13 4:45 PM

Hoigaards is an authentic upscale ski vendor. Probably best in Midwest. Vail clearly likes how they did things -- nice and expensive. I'll bet they will take the Hoigaards concept to other cities. Probably good news all around.

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right155439Apr. 24, 13 4:54 PM

Once Hoigaards moved across the street it was never the same. I also bought my first pair of cross country skis there 30 years ago and still use them for my rock skis. Unfortunately their service really went down hill the last couple of years. They wrecked a ski binding of mine and then said it was that way when I brought it in and also tried 3 times to tune up a bike I bought there and never did get it right. I've been in one of the Vail owned stores in Glenwood Springs Colorado, you're going to like what you see. High quality brands and real knowledgable sales and technical help just like Hoigaards used to be.

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