McLaughlin reels in fly-fishing retailer

BOULDER – Fly-fishing retail and guide business Front Range Anglers at 2344 Pearl St. has been bought by Steve McLaughlin.

Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

McLaughlin bought the retail store’s assets and property from Bill Leuchten. Leuchten more than tripled the store’s business in the past 10 years, McLaughlin said.

Richard Feist of Business World Brokers Inc., headquartered in Carbondale, managed the transaction.

McLaughlin also has partnered with Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures in Bozeman, Montana, to offer destination fly-fishing trips. McLaughlin plans to expand the store’s existing local guide service as well. Existing employees will remain, several of whom have more than 25 years of experience.

“We’ve got a fantastic employee base and a loyal customer base that has been coming to Front Range Anglers for 31 years,” McLaughlin said. “We’re really excited about what this means for the Boulder community.”

Front Range Anglers moved to its current location two years ago. Former owner Leuchten bought the former A Plus Transmission building from Bryan Telea and Ronald J. Fiske for $750,000. The retailer previously was located at 629 S. Broadway in the Table Mesa Shopping Center.

McLaughlin recently retired from Epicor Software in Dublin, California, as senior vice president of the retail solutions division. Epicor customers include Boulder County companies such as McGuckin Hardware and Guiry’s paint store, both in Boulder.

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