February 17, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

A16 is Closing After 57 Years Serving Westside Outdoor Enthusiasts

Liquidation sale to begin Nov. 29

By Chad Winthrop

Adventure 16, perhaps best known by its outdoor active customers as A16, announced Friday that the 57-year-old company plans to close its remaining two stores in West Los Angeles and San Diego.

A16, one of the oldest companies in the outdoor industry, was started in a garage in La Mesa, CA in 1962 by members of a Boy Scout Explorer Post who were passionate about high adventure. Some of the adult advisors were aerospace engineers working at local aircraft plants Rohr and Convair and were also avid backpackers. Using state of the art aircraft-grade aluminum alloy tubing and other high-tech materials of the time, they invented and manufactured lightweight, high-quality backpacking equipment that helped revolutionize and vitalize the sport.

Although the company started as a manufacturer, by the mid-2000s the employee-owned company operated seven stores, an online store, a wholesale distribution business, a guide service and its own non-profit, Donate-A-Pack Foundation. A16’s CEO, John D. Mead, who has been with the company since 1970 had this to say about the 57-year run.

A16 West Los Angeles, 1974.

“We’re proud to be employee-owned and to have run a Foundation, that with the help of our customers, put tens of thousands of pieces of gear into the hands and onto the backs of adventurous underserved youth throughout Southern California. So we’ve seen a lot, learned a lot, made a lot of friends, and hopefully we did some good along the trail. It’s certainly been an enjoyable and rewarding journey and a great run in the sun. But times change. It’s no secret that our style of retailing is under intense pressure. Big box and online shopping, including direct selling from manufacturers, is on a steady rise and continues to outpace traditional specialty stores like A16. We’ve fought the good fight and now it’s time for us to strike camp and move on.”

The “Going Out of Business Sale” on Friday, November 29 marks the start of an approximate one-month liquidation that will include the extensive inventory of mid- to high-end outdoor equipment and clothing. Beginning a week later, on Saturday, December 7, the company will begin liquidating its rental gear and its store fixturing, including a large collection of vintage and antique props. Mead adds,

A16 West LA staff, 1974.

“We’ll throw in the kitchen sink, if someone wants to buy it! We’re determined to make the best of a sad situation. So expect to see us working hard with our heads held high, serving our customers and still making new friends with smiles on our faces, right up until the end.”

Both mountain shops will be closed Monday, November 25 through Thanksgiving Day to prepare for their Going Out of Business Sale beginning on Black Friday.

Related Posts

Edify TV: Culver City 2045

February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

What kind of community should Culver City be in 2045? Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Meet Culver City’s new artist laureate: Westside Local Show – February, 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Meet Culver City’s new artist laureate. * Culver...

Edify TV: Culver City Tax on the Ballot

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

On March 3rd, Culver City residents will vote on sales tax. Learn more what to expect for your pocket and...

Reconstruction along Culver Blvd brings controversy: Westside Local Show – February, 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Reconstruction along Culver Blvd brings controversy. * Celebrate...

Fire Breaks out at Westside Homeless Encampment

February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

LAFD: no investigation into Monday morning fire The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) put out a fire that broke out...

Westside Chase Bank Robbed at Gunpoint

February 8, 2020

February 8, 2020

Female suspect at large By Chole Rivera A female suspect robbed a Westside Chase Bank at gunpoint this morning, Los...

Video: Large Tree Falls on Westside House

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

A large tree fell on a West Los Angeles home Friday causing significant damage. Find out more in this video...

Culver-Adajcanet Hotel Fire Leaves One Dead

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

Many displaced by Thursday blaze By Sam Catanzaro One person was killed in a fire that broke out in a...

Walk to School Day in Culver City

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

Getting ready to drop the kids off at school or pick them up? Well, leave the car keys at home...

Culver City Office Campus Sells for Over $100M

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

Jefferson Creative Campus changes hands By Staff Writer A developer has purchased a massive Culver City office campus for over...

Hatchet Hall offers a special menu for Black History Month: Westside Local Show – February, 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Hatchet Hall offers a special menu for Black...

Individuals With Measles Visit Over 30 Westside Businesses

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

Five people with measles visited over 30 Westside businesses, county health officials say. According to the Los Angeles County Department...

Kirk Douglas Passes Away

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

Hollywood icon died at 103 By Sam Catanzaro Actor and Hollywood star Kirk Douglas died yesterday at age 103 as...

Edify TV: Culver City Micro-Apartments

February 4, 2020

February 4, 2020

Learn more about changes coming to Culver City that will allow micro-apartments in this video made possible by Fazio Cleaners.

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *