Wanstall’s owner, Matt Mendel, poses with a 37mm anti-tank gun. *Not available for purchase. (Special to The News)

Wanstall’s owner, Matt Mendel, poses with a 37mm anti-tank gun. *Not available for purchase. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge gun shop forced to put the safety on for COVID

Wanstall’s Sporting Goods will close their doors until Dec. 27 due to staff virus exposure

Maple Ridge residents looking to purchase their loved ones a firearms for Christmas will have to shop online this holiday season, as local hunting and camping supply store Wanstall’s has decided to close their doors for a few days.

According to a Facebook post the company uploaded on Tuesday morning, they were contacted by Fraser Health about their staff being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

We have been contacted by Fraser Health and where told some of our staff may have been in contact with someone who has…

Posted by Wanstalls on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

“Due to the amount of staff who now need to self isolate we have no their choice but to close the retail store for business until Dec. 27,” the post, written by co-owner Matt Mendel, reads.

READ MORE: Maple Ridge hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

They will be running a skeleton crew and plan to fill online orders, but have said phones will be off, and they will only respond to email.

The popular gun shop have asked their customers to be patient, as shipping times may be a little longer than usual, and email responses could be staggered.

“This is clearly the worst-case scenario for a business to have to be closed during their busiest time of year and will impact our company in ways I’m sure we haven’t thought of,” Mendel wrote.

The company reported a 200 per cent increase in sales during the opening weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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