LIDS Sports Group Acquires Jersey City Canada

November 6, 2014

PRNewswire – Indianapolis-based LIDS Sports Group today announces it has acquired Jersey City Canada, a licensed sports apparel, headwear and novelty company operating 28 retail stores across four Canadian Provinces. In addition, the acquisition includes 9 headwear only CAPZ stores, and 2 websites operating under www.jerseycity.ca and www.CFLshop.ca. Partnering with the CFL, LIDS Sports Group will become the online provider of the Canadian Football League officially licensed merchandise. With this acquisition, LIDS Sports Group will now operate more than 150 locations across Canada, an increase of roughly 35%.

“The addition of Jersey City stores and the official relationship with the CFL will position our company as an even more significant force in the Canadian market for licensed sportswear,” says Ken Kocher, President of LIDS Sports Group. “With this acquisition, we will expand our presence in Canada with increased operations and retail expertise, as well as reaffirm our commitment to best serve customers by delivering quality sports merchandise.”

LIDS currently operates over 1,300 headwear specialty retail stores, sports fan retail stores and team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores across North America and Canada.

New Sporting Goods Store Openings

November 3, 2014

Dick’s Sporting Goods has now officially opened 5 new stores. In late October, the retailer opened stores in Orlando, FL; Nampa, ID; Richmond, KY; Roseville and Holland, MI. The Holland, Michigan store is located at 3530 W. Shore Drive. The Holland store will be Dick’s Sporting Goods 23rd store in Michigan and 596th store nationwide.

Academy Sports and Outdoors will open its first stores in Owensboro, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana.
“We’re thrilled to announce our expansion into Indiana and Kentucky,” says Ken Attaway, Academy Sports + Outdoors executive vice president, chief operating officer. “Active-minded families in both areas are just as passionate and enthusiastic about sports and the outdoors as we are, and we’re looking forward to introducing our selection and everyday low prices, providing customer service, and becoming active partners in the local community.”

The Texas-based company operates 172 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Hibbett Sporting Goods is set to open two new stores in the St. Louis area. The Birmingham, Alabama-based company announced this week it planned to open Hibbet Sports stores in Chesterfield and Warrenton in late November.

In 2014 Hibbett operated 33 stores in Missouri, 26 in Illinois and more than 900 across the country, according to the company. Most stores are located in enclosed malls or strip malls, typically around 5,000-square-feet.

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Apologizes to Girl Regarding Catalog

October 20, 2014

Like a recent article noted, A 12-year-old girl from Arizona called out Dick’s Sporting Goods for failing to include female athletes in its 2014 basketball catalog. Now the company’s CEO has responded and offered to apologize in person to McKenna Peterson and her family.

Although the basketball catalog does include women, they are portrayed in passive or supportive roles: “sitting in the stands” or “mentioned once in the catalog on page 5 for some shoes” or as “cheerleaders on some coupons,” McKenna wrote. “It’s hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog,” she added.

Dick's CEO ApologizesOver the weekend, Dick’s CEO Ed Stack addressed McKenna’s concerns in a letter the company posted to Twitter. Stack said Dick’s “messed up” and promised to include female athletes in the next basketball catalog. He also offered to meet with the family during a future trip to Arizona.

12-Year-Old Girl’s Letter To Dick’s Sporting Goods

October 15, 2014

Dick’s Sporting Goods ought to know that a game like basketball is played by both men and women. The company, however, seemed to have missed that memo when it published its 2014 basketball catalogue, and an Arizona girl took notice.

McKenna Peterson, 12, plays and watches basketball. After seeing the sports equipment retailer’s catalogue, she wrote a letter to Dick’s about the dearth of female faces in the publication.

“There are NO girls in the catalog,” she said in her missive. “Oh, wait, sorry. There IS a girl in the catalog on page 6. SITTING in the STANDS. Women are only mentioned once in the catalog on page 5 for some shoes. And there are cheerleaders on some coupons. It’s hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog.”

Read the rest of the article at HuffingtonPost.com.

Woolrich Plans First Standalone Store in North America

October 4, 2014

Woolrich Inc. and WP Lavori in Corso announced the opening of the first Woolrich standalone retail space in North America. Located on 125 Wooster Street in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the two-level flagship will carry men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the brand’s contemporary collection, Woolrich John Rich & Bros. It will also feature men’s wear from the designer label Woolrich Woolen Mills.

Read the rest of the article at Sportswearnet.com.

REI to Open 6th Location in Los Angeles

October 1, 2014

REI New StoreThe 30,000 sq ft new REI store will open in the Fall of 2015. This store will be located at the Village at Westfield Topanga, a lifestyle shopping development.

REI said it has 352,000 active members in the Los Angeles area, including 62,000 who live within 15 miles of the new store. The outdoors and sports apparel co-op has more than 5 million members.

Go Surf Accessories Mouthpiece Mount

September 17, 2014

GoSurf Accessories offers the best customizable GoPro mount for surfing, skateboarding, wake boarding, body boarding, kayaking, skim boarding, SUP or anything that involves filming hands free!

The mount can be used with the camera oriented in different ways or can be folded out becoming a handle to film your friends. The main features are the 9 customizable color choices, breathable airway, comfort bite mouthpiece and an adjustable lanyard. Pick your favorite colored adjustable lanyard, so you can keep your camera attached. Mix and match any color combo to match your lifestyle.Go Surf Mouthpiece Mount

“The kickstarter campaign success is necessary for our company so we can fund our production of the mount and further develop our packaging,” says founder Steve Ramsthaler.

The packaging is made up of recycled wetsuits and mesh material forming not only a packaging for our product, but a pocket in which you can attach to your wetsuit.

“Along with planned beach cleanups and other ocean conservation programs we want to help the ocean community through our business,” Steve added.

Included in the packaging for each GoSurf Accessories Mouthpiece Mount comes a mount, lanyard, nut and bolt, mouth piece and zip-tie. It comes completely assembled, all you have to do it attach your GoPro!

They launched on Kickstarter today at 6pm central, they already have 16 backers, raising a total of $1,681 towards their goal of $5,000!

LeBron James Unviels New LeBron 12

Lebron 12 ShoesLeBron was at Nike’s corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs.

“I would like this shoe,” he joked. “But I love it because it has my name and logo on it.”

Nike pays LeBron about $20 million a year, so they hope he actually wears the LeBron 12 in games. The superstar reportedly didn’t wear the 11 series very much last season, preferring an older model.

The shoes will hit U.S. stores on Oct. 11 and sell for $200.

Nike Pulls Peterson Merchandise from Twin Cities Stores

September 16, 2014

Are you looking for an Adrian Peterson jersey?

In the wake of the scandal involving the Vikings running back and his indictment for alleged child abuse, Nike has decided to pull all Peterson merchandise out of their stores in the Twin Cities area. So, if you’re in Minneapolis or St. Paul, you’re out of luck.

Read the rest of the story at FoxSports.com

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open in Franfort, KY

September 4, 2014

Dicks-Sporting-Goods-logo-smallDick’s Sporting Goods will be opening its 11th store in Kentucky and 577th store nationwide on Friday, September 5th at 7800 John Davis Drive Parkside in Frankfort, KY. The three day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, September 7th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday. They will be doing giveaways all three days.

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.