With the new City Sports set to open in mid-September at the old location on Washington Street, store Manager Kristy McLean is busy hiring staff and getting to know the community.
The Brooklyn, NY native, who is training for her first New York City marathon in November, says she’s thrilled to be in a town where there are so many enthusiastic and serious runners and cyclists.
“Everyone has been so welcoming already. They’ve been stopping by to meet us. It’s been great,” she said.
McLean and colleague Jamie Owen, a retailing training manager at City Sports, have been conducting a job fair at the former rug company across from the new City Sports location.
So far it’s been slow, but they are confident they’ll find a staff ready to go when the store opens.
“Everyone who works at City Sports is usually training for something, so we use the product everyday,” Owen said.
“And we love to talk about training and races in the area,” McLean added. “Sometimes I’ll even go on training runs with customers I’ve met.”
That’s just the kind of atmosphere the women are hoping to build at their new Wellesley location where they say the goal is to be a place where runners, triathletes, cyclists and sports enthusiasts will find a sense of community.
“We’re excited to create a community for runners to come in and talk about their training and whatever,” McLean said.
They say they will start running clubs and act as a clearinghouse for information about local races and training sessions.
The store, with locations in Boston, Dedham, Chestnut Hill and Cambridge in this state, as well as Atlanta, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City will carry all kinds of running and triathlon shoes and clothing, cycling apparel and accessories, tennis rackets, yoga mats and gear, swimming trunks, goggles and caps, cleats, basketball and soccer equipment as well as winter apparel, competing directly with Thunder and Marathon Sports.
They will not carry bicycles or skis as did the now-defunct St. Moritz.
City Sports will be open seven days a week, although the exact hours are still being determined.