Local shooting range closing due to pandemic and inflation complications

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The pandemic and inflation are among the chief problems taking a toll on small businesses in Michiana, with a shooting range in Benton Township now the latest business to close its doors for good.

Point Blank Shooting Range opened more than 16 years ago, but due to staffing shortages, rising costs, and pandemic related struggles, owner Roy Daugherty made the difficult decision to call it quits.

"It's not something I wanted to do, but I decided it's time to pull the plug and do it," said Daugherty.  "With the gas prices, the ammo prices, it's just got out of hand for the economy, and people aren't coming to our place as much."

Some regulars came out for one last shot or to purchase one more firearm before the store closed permanently on Tuesday, and while longtime customers and employees alike are disappointed, Daugherty is thankful for everyone who supported his business while they had the chance to.

"Hopefully we helped somebody over the years to be safe and teach them about their firearms," said Daugherty.

Point Blank will be auctioning every item that didn't get sold in time for the closing, with a showing for the items set to be auctioned off scheduled for July 24 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the range located at 1340 Territorial Road in Benton Township.

The auction itself takes place on July 25, starting at 10 a.m.

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