DeLaVergne to retire from Outdoor Experience

By Reader Staff

After 30 years as co-owner of Outdoor Experience, Inc, Marc DeLaVergne has announced his retirement from the business effective July 7, 2016.

Marc and Joyce DeLaVergne.

Marc and Joyce DeLaVergne.

After moving to Sandpoint with his wife, Joyce, from Brookings, Ore., in 1980, DeLaVergne and business partner Kevin Nye opened Outdoor Experience in 1986. The store, which specializes in outdoor equipment and clothing, has been an integral part of downtown Sandpoint’s business district operating from their location at 314 N. First Ave.

Nye had this to say about his partnership with DeLaVergne: “Marc and I have had an amazing 30 years together as partners in this business. Our management styles, directional focus and desire to balance work with play have meshed well over the years. I have been extremely fortunate to have had Marc as a partner, and he will be missed at the store by not only myself, but our staff and the many, many friends and customers he’s made and helped over the years.”

For his part, DeLaVergne plans to spend his retirement time pursuing various interests. An avid gardener, sailor, cyclist and swimmer, he and Joyce plan to spend time both here in Sandpoint and at their property in Newport, Ore.

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