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Movin' on over (to the west side)

For the first time in about three decades, there is no longer a sporting goods store at the corner of Third Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Rifle.

Gun enthusiasts, hunters and other outdoors fans now need to go just a block south and west, where Timberline Sporting Goods is now located, on Second Street.

Co-owners Kevin and Bryan Rider relocated to the former homes of Aloha Day Spa and Bell Supply to take advantage of much larger space, said Kevin Rider on Tuesday, as he and his brother continued to unpack boxes and stock shelves.

"We ran out of room several years ago, really," he added. "We didn't have room for much in the way of fishing supplies, so we'll be adding that back in."

That's not all either, as the new location is 75,000 square feet, compared to the 12,000 square feet at their previous location. The brothers want to add an indoor archery range in a part of the building that's now a large garage, along with a remote control model car race track.

"We think a good archery range is something Rifle's needed for a long time," Kevin Rider said. "We want to have league shooting, with prizes and everything."

The move has allowed the Riders to hire three new employees, too, Kevin Rider said, as they gear up over the winter to offer more outdoors and camping gear, among other supplies. Timberline now has five people on staff, including the Riders, Kevin Rider said.

They bought the store eight years ago, when Kevin Rider lived in Craig and his brother in Denver, Kevin Rider said. The previous site had also operated as All Sports, Kevin Rider said, before it was renamed Timberline.

"We were ready to move several years ago, and we're happy we're still in downtown Rifle," Bryan Rider said.

And for those who may be curious, the Riders said the iconic metal buffalo that stood on the roof of the store at the old location will return, in time.

"We had to take it all apart, so it's in pieces right now," Bryan Rider said.

"And people had shot it with arrows, too," Kevin Rider added, with a smile.


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The Post Independent Updated Nov 7, 2012 06:13PM Published Nov 7, 2012 06:10PM Copyright 2012 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.