Lincoln City Sporting Goods & Electronics has been in business for over 31 years. The store opened in August 1990.
Owner Bruce Polvi said the store is now in its 32nd year.
“I started working for Radio Shack Corporate in 1980,” Polvi said of his start. “You had to be 16 to start at Radio Shack Corporate.”
Polvi worked for Radio Shacks for 10 years. In 1990, he bought the Lincoln City franchise and moved it from the Taft area to where J’s Fish and Chips is currently located.
“In 1991, I bought the old Willamette Lumber Yard in Oregon, and that’s where we are now,” Polvi said. “We have several tenants.”
Lincoln City Sporting Goods & Electronics is located at 800 SE Hwy 101 in the town square. Polvi owns the space and leases the building to 18 tenants. Burger King opened in 1992.
“Burger King, who has been a tenant with us for over 29 years, has been a good tenant,” Polvi said. “This year they celebrate their 30th anniversary.”
Polvi said the town square celebrated its 30th anniversary last July. While the store still sells electronics, it has shifted more towards sporting goods as well as emergency preparedness products.
“We’ve always been concerned with emergency care and emergency preparedness for the past 30 years,” Polvi said.
The county recently received a shipment of 650 water filters from the store, Polvi added. Lincoln County Schools emergency director Sue Graves said the water filter straws are destined for a new disaster cache the district is establishing for Sam Case Elementary School in Newport. The other schools in the district already have disaster caches.
The Disaster Caches are designed to meet the basic and immediate survival needs of students and staff should a major earthquake or other disaster occur during the school year. The caches provide basic shelter, water and water filter straws, portable toilets, and basic medical supplies for disasters.
“Water filter straws are important because our traditional water systems are likely to be destroyed in a large earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone,” Graves said. “These little straws can filter 30 gallons of water from freshwater sources.”
Graves said the school district is grateful for the partnership with Lincoln City Sporting Goods. The store has been helping with many disaster preparedness activities for over a decade while also offering the best prices on items.
Emergency preparedness has always been an active component in business, Polvi said. His goal is to prepare everyone in the district as best as possible for an emergency.
Radios have always been a hit during power outages. Over the years, people have been asking for more emergency products such as: B. rescue blankets, water filters and emergency food with a shelf life of 25 years. During the pandemic, many people started stocking up.
The store also carries five-day backpacks, which contain five days’ worth of water and food. The store has sold these backpacks to the City, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and local hospitals.
Sales have more than doubled during the pandemic, Polvi added. Sporting goods stores were considered essential during the pandemic and were able to remain open during store closures.
Most of the store’s business comes from visitors from the Valley and other locations that have second homes in Lincoln City, while 10 percent comes from locals in the city. The store also sells to other businesses.
Lincoln City Sporting Goods & Electronics is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Sunday and Monday. The store is located at 800 SE Hwy 101.