Last week, national retail giant Walmart announced that its stores would discontinue sales of pistol-caliber ammunition and short-barrel rifle ammo such as .223 and 5.56 caliber.
Locally, the national news got the attention of a Seymour business owner.
Just two days after Walmart’s announcement, Terry Kelley, owner of the Circle K Trading Post on the south side of Seymour’s square, revealed that his store soon would offer ammunition to its customers.
But don’t expect to find every brand and caliber right away. Kelley said Monday that he hopes his customers will be patient, as it might take him a little while to build up the inventory to desired levels.
“This is due to the fact that retailers nationwide are making a run on distributors,” he said. “I placed orders the day after Walmart’s press release (on discontinuing sales of certain types of ammo), but suppliers were already out of some varieties. I’ve already received some inventory and have more due to arrive right away. But more is on back order.”
Kelley said his goal wasn’t to make money.
Instead, the desire is to fill a local need.
“By their own estimates, Walmart expects its market share of the ammunition business to drop by two-thirds,” Kelley said. “Folks in Webster, Wright and Douglas counties still need a place to get those types of ammo, and I intend to do my best to fill that void.”
Seymour has two other local retailers that sell different types of ammunition.
One is Kleier Farm & Home at the city’s north edge; the other is Second Amendment Guns, located at Seymour’s east edge on old Business 60 (East Clinton Avenue).
“We expect to see a small surge in ammunition sales with the Walmart decision,” said Todd Kleier of Kleier Farm & Home, which has sold ammo for more than a decade. “To me, perhaps the best thing about the Walmart news is that it increased awareness locally that we have businesses here who can fill those types of needs so customers don’t have to go out of town to get them.”