MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Rich McHale never knew about Fletcher’s Corner before he and a few friends shot some arrows Monday evening at the indoor range.

“It was cool,” said McHale, 21, of the Burleigh section of the township. “I like it a lot.”

He said he plans to come back, but he won’t have much time.

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After 17 years on Route 47 in the township’s Dias Creek section, Fletcher’s Corner, squeezed by online retailers and big-box stores, will be closing before the end of the year, owner Guy Kanas said.

“It’s just been in the plans for a while,” said Kanas, 62, of the North Cape May section of Lower Township. “Retail’s been going down.”

The archery shop and range hosted birthday parties and children’s summer camps while also serving as a training spot for competitive archers.

A new element was added in 2011, when Kanas’ wife, Salley, began renting tuxedos out of the building. She moved in after working for 16 years at Guy’s late father’s store, the Tuxedo Junction at the Delaware Bay Trading Post in Lower Township.

That part of the business will survive Fletcher’s closing.

Sally Kanas, 55, also of North Cape May, said she is taking the tuxedo business to a new location at 1804 Bay Shore Road in the Villas section of Lower Township.

It will be called “That Tuxedo Place” and open by Jan. 1.

“These kids are going to be telling their mothers, ‘I’m going to that tuxedo place,’ so it just makes sense,” Kanas said about the name.

While Sally’s getting ready to move, Guy Kanas has been selling the last of his gear.

“I’ll sell it all,” Guy Kanas said confidently.

Prices on equipment vary widely. Bows sold at Fletcher’s fetch between $400 and $1,500, depending on the model, but everything’s on sale now in the final weeks.

In the old days, Fletcher’s indoor range had 15 shooting lanes and frequent competitions, Guy Kanas said.

“Through the years, competition has diminished with the cost of gear and the will to drive here,” he added.

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Kanas said, in hindsight, it may have made more sense to open the archery shop and range a little farther north, closer to more populated areas. But he doesn’t have many regrets about the business.

“It’s been a great run,” Kanas said. “We’re going to miss our customers.”

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Joined the Press in June of 2016 as a nighttime breaking news reporter. I'm now a staff writer covering Cape May County. Born and raised in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University. Previously interned for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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