As 2014 opens, Maine Running begins a new transition to offer a more complete running experience to our customers and the Maine Running Community, through our new partnership with Fleet Feet Sports. Who is Fleet Feet Sports? Fleet Feet Sports opened in 1976 in Sacramento, California, and began franchising in 1980. Today, Fleet Feet Sports, Inc. (www.fleetfeet.com), now headquartered in Carrboro, NC, consist of 120+ franchised running specialty stores featuring the same locally owned operator model that every independent running specialty store follows in the country.
Why transition Maine Running Company to Fleet Feet Maine Running? First, they offer dedicated resources to implement new ideas, consistent employee training and stronger training programs mainly created by franchisees, as well as specific employees to support our business. Essentially, it is like having another employee work for us creating more tools to elevate our service and provide you, our customer, with a more complete running, fitness and wellbeing experience. Nothing changes regarding ownership and our team makes any final decision regarding our business.
Second, it creates more opportunities for our employees. As we grow, Fleet Feet will support our employees with local ownership, industry and corporate opportunities and allow them to grow.
Finally, when current ownership is ready to retire, it ensures long-term local ownership, which is essential to the continued success of every running store in the country, and that Fleet Feet Maine Running will be in the Maine Running Community for years to come…
I, and our entire team, look forward to continuing our support of local non-profit events and causes. We look forward continuing to support the Weekly Back Cove Series, Portland Trails, Maine Cancer Foundation, Girls On The Run, The Center For Grieving Children, Preble Street, Planet Aid, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, Maine Track, Tri and other area Clubs and the 20+ area races we support every year! Finally, we look forward to continuing to support you, our customers, who have supported us over these past nine years.
Thanks and remember…… Run Happy! JR