Saturday’s mail brought surprising news from Wilton Sport Shop owner Ken Cyr. After 44 years in the business, he has decided to retire from the sporting goods business and close the Wilton mainstay at 426 Danbury Rd.–but that doesn’t mean he’s done for good.

Cyr reached out to GOOD Morning Wilton to help make sure his very large, loyal customer base has the full story.

“People have approached me and seem to be misinformed about the details of the closing,” he says, adding that he wants to “get the proper message out.”

Although the Sport Shop is closing its doors, Cyr will continue operating the printing portion of the business. He’s launching online as HometownSpiritwear.com, and will offer apparel with all of the popular prints available for custom printing, along with shipping and delivery options. Cyr says the website will be up and running soon.

In the meantime, he’s getting the brick and mortar shop ready for a retirement sale. The store will be closed now through this Wednesday, Feb. 6, in preparation for the sale to begin on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., with all items in the shop offered at reduced prices. Cyr is selling all of the merchandise as well as fixtures in the shop.

In addition, items can still be ordered and printed at Wilton Sport Shop until the store closes for good in March.

The Wilton Sport Shop first opened in 1975 at 396 Danbury Rd. in a small house across from the town tennis courts. When the building was sold and scheduled for demolition in 1978 the Sport Shop was moved to the corner of Danbury Rd./Rte. 7 and Ridgefield Rd./Rte. 33 at 291 Danbury Rd. (the original home of Wilton Motors). After 23 years at that location another move was precipitated by the sale of the building, this time to the state for road improvements in 2001. The current site at 426 Danbury Rd. across from Allens Meadow has housed the Wilton Sport Shop for the past 17-plus years.

GMW will have a longer interview with Cyr in tomorrow’s edition.