Geneva Bait Shop Says Customers Aren't Biting Riverside Sports to Close after 31 Years on River; Owner Will Keep Firearms, Hunting Parts Open

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Geneva Bait Shop Says Customers Aren't Biting Riverside Sports to Close after 31 Years on River; Owner Will Keep Firearms, Hunting Parts Open


Shenoy, Rupa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Rupa Shenoy Daily Herald Staff Writer

Local fishermen say the bubbly waters just north of Geneva's Fox River bridge are one of the best places around to drop a lure in search of bass, northern pike or muskie.

Yet Riverside Sports, a family-owned fishing supply and bait shop less than a hundred yards away, will close this spring after 31 years as a Geneva institution, due in part to slow sales.

The store, once one of many bait shops that lined the river, is now one of the last.

"Things move on," said owner Gary Maywald. "The whole industry is changing."

Large sporting goods stores have drawn customers away from Riverside, which Maywald and his father, Walter, opened in 1975.

Riverside carries archery, fishing and hunting supplies, from camouflage jackets and rifles to glow-in-the-dark bait and equipment to cut holes through ice to fish in winter.

Small businesses like his offer greater selection and knowledge than larger stores, said Maywald, 49.

Yet, "obviously, by our sales figures, that's not what people are looking for," he said.

In spring, the archery and fishing portions - the majority of the store - will close and be rented for office space, Maywald said. The hunting and firearms part of the store will remain open for business. …

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