When the owners of Oklahoma City's H&H Gun Range decided they wanted to add archery to its lineup of services, the entrepreneurs knew they wanted to purchase a company that would bring more than bow and arrows to the business.
That operation was Outdoor Outfitters, said Miles Hall founder and president of H&H.
"Truthfully, anyone can buy stuff, but what we were really into were the people,” Hall said.
H&H Gun Range officially took over Outdoor Outfitters Tuesday. Outdoor Outfitters' operation — including services, inventory and staff — will move into the H&H location at Interstate 40 and Meridian in early May, Hall said. He said the gun range is adding 7,500 square-feet to accommodate the new operation.
Adding archery to its offered services has been a goal for H&H for about three years, co-owner Leroy Ussery said.
"We were wanting to build a more competitive shooting store,” Ussery said. "Archery is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. It's grown 25 percent in the last five years,”
Although purchasing archery equipment would have been easier than buying a company, Ussery said it was what came with Outdoor Outfitters that made the acquisition worth the time and money.