Three Orioles Stores To Close

February 17, 1994|By Mark Hyman

A three-store chain of Orioles baseball stores is closing because the outlets are losing money and aren't accessible enough to fans, the club said yesterday.

Stores in Washington and Seabrook, Md., officially shut their doors Tuesday afternoon. A third location, in York, Pa., will remain open until its lease expires in May.

"They're not generating sufficient revenues to justify their continued operation," Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos said of the stores, which Orioles officials said lost $250,000 last year.

The stores stocked a variety of Orioles collectibles, from T-shirts to tankards, but they were particularly useful to fans seeking Camden Yards seats: Each store had a ticket computer that could be used to buy and exchange seats.

Angelos said team officials expected to replace the ticket

service offered at the stores. Among the possibilities are ticket kiosks outfitted with ATM machines, which might be located at shopping malls.

"We've talked about coming up with a substitute arrangement ** where tickets would be available to fans in Washington and other locations, probably in areas that are more convenient," the owner said.

The baseball stores have been on a shaky financial footing for some time and, a few years ago, the Orioles transferred management to ARA Leisure Services, the ballpark caterers. The change didn't do much to prop up sales, according to Angelos, who said ARA suggested the stores be closed.

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