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Frank’s Gun Shop grand opening celebration slated for new location

Frank's Gun Shop, 3831 Rt. 30 in Amsterdam, is shown Tuesday afternoon. The new, more spacious location of the store which began operations in 1984 officially opened for business on Aug. 7 after over a year of renovations. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

AMSTERDAM — After more than a year’s worth of renovation work, Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop officially opened the doors to its new location at 3831 Route 30 on Aug. 5 and will host a grand opening celebration on Sept. 7 to mark the occasion.

“It took us a year and two months [to complete],” John Havlick, owner of Frank’s Gun and Tackle Shop, said on Tuesday. “[The new store features] two new heating systems, a new roof, all new plumbing, all new wiring, new flooring, paint on everything. You name it, it’s been painted or washed or replaced.”

Frank’s Gun and Tackle Shop was started by Frank and Fran Havlick in 1984 who sold hunting and fishing gear “out of [their] house in Gloversville,” before moving into their previous location at 3549 Route 30, were the business remained until this month. Frank and Fran’s son, John Havlick, took over the business “about 10 years ago” and began “expanding more into the clothing line.”

The store features a full array of hunting weapons, fishing tools, and a wide variety of outdoor equipment and apparel. With the new location, which Havlick said is significantly bigger than the business’s previous location and features a much larger parking area, the store’s already vast selection has already expanded. The more spacious area will allow him to store and display more products for customers to come in and examine before purchasing.

“This is almost double the size [of the old store],” Havlick said. “It’s nice because now customers can see and be seen. And we’re working on [expanding our inventory] as we grow. We’ve expanded on our clothing, we’ve picked up more sunglasses, more targets and the ice fishing stuff we’ll be able to display.”

Guns at Frank's Gun Shop, 3831 Rt. 30 in Amsterdam, are shown Tuesday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

Havlick said that since opening on Aug. 5, the new shop has been working out favorably and that the biggest advantages of the new location are a new abundance of parking space and increased visibility.

“It’s been busy, so far. We’ve seen a lot of new faces,” Havlick said. “Our old shop, even though it was only a mile apart — it was a different part of Route 30. Everybody loves the store, and the parking alone is the number one thing people talk about.”

In addition to new clothing lines and accessories, Havlick said Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop has also increased the its displayed selection of guns, ammo, and fishing equipment, offering customers the opportunity to handle the equipment before making a purchase.

“I always say, it’s tough to sell a product in a box. People want to see it, touch it, feel it. See how big it is or how small it is,” Havlick said last September.

Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop is set to host its grand opening on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature numerous deals and giveaways, a live radio station DJ, and various other forms of entertainment. DomAdi’s food truck will be serving food while representatives from brands such as Glock and Ruger will be on hand to answer questions about products.

The inside of Frank's Gun Shop located at 3831 Route 30 as seen on Tuesday after having undergone extensive renovations. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

“We’ll have all kinds of crazy sales that day and tons of deals,” Havlick said. “We’re giving away probably six or eight guns and a bunch of swag. We will probably continue some of the sales through the week for the people can’t make it, and I’m sure we’ll probably be here long after 4 o’clock, too.”

The new location of Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop is located at 3831 Route 30. For more information on store hours, products and events visit them at www.franksgunshop.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FranksGunShop.

The inside of a building at 3831 Route 30 as seen in Sept. 2018 while undergoing renovations. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

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