At 9 a.m. on Friday, the Mesa Mall welcomed Dick’s Sporting Goods to its retailers.
The sporting goods chain officially opened its doors on the Western Slope and welcomed buyers to around 55,000 square meters of bliss for athletes, exercisers and nature lovers.
Reese Kegans, the director of clubsport at Colorado Mesa University, and Nathan Poirier, a broker at Bray Real Estate, were two of the first clients to look at the deal’s offerings.
“It’s nice because they have brand new stuff on the shelves,” said Kegans. “You have a lot to choose from and it’s not sold out.”
“It’s nice to have certain things that other stores don’t,” added Poirier. “Things that you (previously) had to order from Amazon can now just come up and grab those things.”
For Linda Schmidt, originally from Denver, the introduction of Dick’s Sporting Goods will make the outdoors even more accessible in an area where residents are already obsessed with nature.
“A lot of the people around Grand Junction are outdoors people. This is a very open air place. But our weather is favorable, which is why we are outside all the time, ”says Schmidt. “Having a shop like this really helps because we get great deals on camping and hiking gear. We needed a shop like this. There isn’t one (retail chain) to really get this stuff other than Walmart. People are down the river all the time and they need boats and they need little canoes and stuff. You can come here and get something like that. “
The store’s first customers on Friday were greeted by welcome staff, balloon decorations in the company’s green and white color scheme, boxes of free goodies from Daylight Donuts, and a raffle where one lucky customer will receive Yeti tailgating gear and a free gift this weekend $ 150 gift certificate for the store.
For the chain, the Grand Valley was a natural market to tap, and late summer timing was opportunistic.
“From the area’s active youth sports clubs and athletes to the outdoor enthusiast and those returning to fall sports, this was the perfect place to start a new business,” said Kelly Cowin, Dick’s Sporting Regional Community Marketing Manager Goods. “We look forward to serving the Grand Valley community in many ways with our unique offerings, dedicated people and in-business services. The store brought about 50 lots to the area. In addition, we hope to provide the Grand Valley community with new resources and encourage the local young athletes to make their dreams come true. “
Dick’s fills a retail void at the Mesa Mall when the sports authority shut down following the company’s bankruptcy in 2016. After the Sports Authority closed its doors, the Grand Valley was no longer a sports retail option until the Big 5 opened in 2019.
Dick’s is the largest retail sporting goods company in the United States, with around 854 stores as of 2020.
The company’s subsidiaries include Field & Stream and Golf Galaxy.
The Dick’s opening is the first of two major openings at the Mesa Mall. Nearby, crews are putting the finishing touches on a 105,000-square-foot Dillard facility due to open on October 6th.