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Game over for Sports Authority in Connecticut

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Sports Authority's Farmington location is among those slated to close. (WFSB photo) Sports Authority's Farmington location is among those slated to close. (WFSB photo)
FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The final buzzer is about to sound for one of the country's largest sporting goods retailers.

Sports Authority announced that it will close all 450 of its stores, including the six in Connecticut, over the next few months.

"They have good sales and really nice shoes for really cheap," said Isis Pierce, a local shopper.

Pierce said the closure of the franchise's Farmington location impacts her because it's where she shops.

"I get all my stuff from here," she told Eyewitness News. "I get all my running shoes and my running gear."

It's also where her boyfriend, Baylin Eason, earns a paycheck.

"He loves working there too," Pierce said.

Now, the job Eason loves is about to disappear.

"I'm just baffled. It's crazy. I'm very disappointed," Pierce told Eyewitness News.

Farmington won't be the only store to go. Sports Authority's other locations in Bridgeport, Waterbury, North Haven and Danbury will also shutter.

"He's gonna have to find a whole new job and that's rough," Pierce said.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in March and announced then that it would close 140 stores. With more than $1 billion in debt, however, company leaders decided to liquidate all of the stores and pursue a sale.

"It's gonna take a while for him to find a new job," Pierce said. "[Because] it took him a while to find that one."

It's unclear when the stores will begin the closing process or how many people will lose their jobs.

Nationwide, the company said it employs nearly 15,000 people.

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