D.C. Metro's Hudson Trail Outfitters going out of business

In business for 44 years, and known for its high-level of customer service, HTO recently had been supported by loans from a now defunct lender.

After 44 years as the staple of specialty outdoor retail in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Hudson Trail Outfitters will be shuttering its business, closing four locations.

Store officials announced the decision to customers in an online post this past weekend:

“The retail landscape has changed so much within the last 36 months and the company has decided that the time has come to begin to ‘wind down’ all company affairs, knowing that it never had to compromise any excellence standards on behalf of the community.”

Sandy Cohan, a second-generation of family owners for Hudson, ran the business, which employed about 250 people. In 2013, Hudson Trail Outfitters secured a working capital loan from Massachusetts-based Salus Capital Partners, who's own business collapsed earlier this year after making ill-fated loans to try and keep the now-bankrupt Radio Shack afloat.

Hudson Trail Outfitters, also known as “HTO,” prided itself on providing top-notch customer service and playing an integral part of the community.

“From day one the mission was simple: open a store that sells the greatest outdoor gear and apparel on the planet, hire only those who love the outdoors and who are passionate about health and happiness, and provide positively outrageous customer service to everyone,” Cohan said in a statement. “The community and the company have always supported each other with such dignity and respect, and the company will always be proud of the role that it played in helping to improve the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of people, employees and customers, within the D.C. Metro Area.”

There is no scheduled close date as of yet, but Cohan said he plans for an “orderly wind-down” of business at the four stores in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., Fairfax, Va. and Rockville, Md.