Spyder Signs Huge Wal-Mart Deal?
PaintBall.com has learned through insiders close to the Spyder Paintball brand that the company may be on the verge of signing one of the largest product buy deals with mega retail chain Wal-Mart in history. The deal would be for Spyder's .50 caliber line of paintball equipment, and would likely involve the majority of Wal-Marts locations in the US, as well as possible insertion into international markets.
Kingman president Arthur Chang was one of the first paintball manufacteurs to get Wal-Mart to carry paintball products in the past, which many credit to the overall popularity boom that the sport enjoyed for years at the beginning of the new millenium.
The news of a possible new Wal-Mart deal comes just three months after Spyder partnered up with Giant Paintball, the largest operating chain of paintball parks in the country, to prominently feature the .50 caliber format at all of Giant Paintball's locations including SC Village, Hollywood Sports, California Paintball Park, Giant Paintball Alpine and Giant Paintball Lakeside. Together, the two companies help put .50 caliber on the forefront of the paintball community, and our insiders believe that this partnership may have played a large role in Wal-Mart's decision to carry the Spyder .50 caliber brand.
Phone calls placed to Spyder were not immediately returned, so PaintBall.com then made contact with Giant Paintball for their comment.
Dennis Bukowski, owner and founder of Giant Paintball, said "We are thrilled to hear the news of the possibility that Spyder has landed a historical and incredibly important deal with Wal-Mart. Spyder, along with CEO Arthur Chang, has always been one of our greatest supporters, and we were and still are very excited to be a part of the .50 caliber movement with them. Hopefuly this is just the start of a whole new evolution of paintball."
No official word has been released from Spyder, so stay tuned to these pages for more on this huge story as it develops.