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Updated Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods, which has outfitted St. Louis athletes for decades, has sold its team division to BSN Sports of Dallas.

The sale means about 65 full-time sales and support employees will transfer to similar roles with BSN. 

But the company will be closing its retail locations — a move that affects about 150 to 175 full- and part-time workers. 

Johnny Mac's, which opened in 1967 along Route 66, grew to nine stores in Missouri, Illinois and Michigan, including five in the St. Louis region.

Financial terms of deal, which was announced Monday, were not disclosed.

"The business has changed, it's changed dramatically, and it's changed fast," said company president, CEO and co-owner Bob McArthur said Tuesday.

The division being sold to BSN — which deals equipment and uniforms to school sports teams — represented around 65 to 70 percent of its business, McArthur said.

By selling the division to BSN, which specializes in the same space of team outfitting and apparel supply, Johnny Mac's now starts the process of shutting down its retail business.

"I think this particular move was what was best for the majority of the company going forward," said McArthur. "This was a good exit strategy, if you will, for the majority of the full-time employees here."

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