April 30, 2012 on 2:14 pm | In Announcements | 2 Comments
I would say that it was back in late 2005 that the first real thought of expanding our retail store came into my head. At that time, we were just moving into our new facility in Tucson and our previous retail operations had been nothing more than a showroom. Once we moved into our current Tucson location, we started a multi-year experiment on triathlon retail.
During this retail experiment, Debbie and I happened to be in Tempe in December of 2008 for the Phoenix Tri Club Holiday Party at Monti’s. I don’t know how I missed it, but they had just built a fabulous new building smack in the epicenter of triathlon in Arizona. I pulled Debbie out of the party and we walked around the building. I told her that if we were going to expand our retail outside of Tucson that this was the location. We weren’t ready on an operational standpoint to expand at that point, which was disappointing initially because we didn’t want to lose the opportunity for the space, but ultimately didn’t matter because the people who built the building went belly up and it went back to the bank. After a couple of years sitting idle, Paul Allen’s (co-founder of Microsoft, owner of the Seattle SeaHawks, Portland Trailblazers, etc) commercial investment group came in and bought the building. So, in February of 2011, Debbie and I finally got our first look inside the building. After a lot of negotiating, we got the deal done in November of 2011 (although it looked planned, it coincided perfectly with Ironman Arizona; sort of a big race that finishes about 300 feet from the store).
The store is now slated to open in late June 2012 and in the home stretch I will be updating the progress on our blog. For employment information, please visit http://www.trisports.com/employment-opportunities.html