Epps would'nt have to buy out Shooters Choice and the Gun Centre, if Epps moved to southern Ontario. They would close down because there prices can't compete with Epps. Shooters might stay open because its in Northern Waterloo, and it has a indoor gun range and lots of Menonites and Farmers shop there with no access to a computer, so they don't know that they are being taken.
If Ellwood Epps opened in the Tri-City area, they would instantly become the #1 Gun Shop in Southern Ontario. Toronto to Orillia is a 2 hour drive, so many people don't make the journey up there often, but Toronto to Cambridge is only 45 minutes, so a new store in the Cambridge area would get business from Toronto, as well as the Tri City area. Theres a gold mine just waiting to be had for a good gun shop like Epps. There are thousands and thousands of hunters in this area, all concentrated into one region. Just try to go out for a couple hours and knock on farmers doors, looking for hunt land, good luck because every farm is already being hunted on by hunters.
I am really sad that Ontario Gun Services in Clinton closed, those guys were great. And you could actually look at the racks of guns because they werent behind a counter, even the ammo was sitting out on shelves.
Some other great smaller shops that are very cometitive are Lake Huron Rod and Gun and Grech Outdoors, both very reasonable and knowledgable.
The registry IS gone. Whats next?
The only place Epps should consider putting a second location should be HAMILTON!
For a city of 500,000 people there are too few firearms retailers.
"All they now possess is liberty, what they before enjoyed is sacrificed to its service, and having nothing more to lose, they disdain submission." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Liberal promise, a first rate oxymoron.
What a change it would be to have a local store where customer service is number one, and having a generous inventory is the normal state of affairs.
Every transaction I have done with them, has been pleasant; fast; and free from problems.