Hibbett Sports now open in Worthington
ORTHINGTON -- Competitors and community members alike can visit a new store in town for their sporting goods needs. Hibbett Sports opened its doors at 1151 Ryan's Road nearly two weeks ago, and store manager Brandon Bounds said it has so far been...
ORTHINGTON -- Competitors and community members alike can visit a new store in town for their sporting goods needs.
Hibbett Sports opened its doors at 1151 Ryan’s Road nearly two weeks ago, and store manager Brandon Bounds said it has so far been successful.
“Business has been great,” said Bounds, also referred to as the Head Coach. “We’ve had a lot of people through the door, and it’s been a lot of good feedback.”
Hibbett Sports is based out of Birmingham, Ala., but it is gradually trying to expand throughout the country. Bounds, a native of Hill City, Minn., has previously opened Hibbett stores in Tomah, Wisconsin and Kingman, Ariz.
“We have over 1,000 stores so we’re rapidly growing,” he said. “We’re growing out west right now. We’re getting into California, hopefully later this year, and now into Minnesota, hoping to grow north as well.”
The new store has equipment and apparel for competition as well as lifestyle use, but it specializes in team athletics.
“We’ve got everything from football, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and wrestling,” said Bounds. “We haven’t got into hockey yet really as a company. We have some hockey apparel, but no equipment there.”
On top of that, Hibbett has a wide variety of shoes for several sports and activities, and Bounds said it is one of the store’s largest areas of service.
“If you’re just starting running, we’ve got a shoe for you. If you run marathons we’ve got a shoe for you there,” he explained. “We hit just about every aspect of customers’ needs as far as running, performance and lifestyle.”
For footwear, the store carries cleats for baseball, softball and soccer, as well as shoes for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Its sizes for shoes range from a toddler 4C to a men’s 14.
“We can help out anybody who comes through the store, whatever their sport or whatever their need is,” said Bounds.
In addition to its sports and lifestyle apparel, the store also carries a few high-end brand names like Oakley and Yeti.
Hibbett Sports in Worthington is having its grand opening today, beginning at 9 a.m., and there will be several sales and giveaways for its customers.
“The first 25 people in the door will get $10 Hibbett gift cards,” Bounds said. “Also, anybody who makes a purchase is going to get some sort of giveaway, too.
“On top of that we’ve got all of our sales throughout the store, too,” he continued. “It’s our back to school season so we’re running a bunch of shoes, sock and apparel sales.”
The store currently has six people on staff, but its full staff will eventually have 10. The Worthington location joins only two others in the state of Minnesota, but Bounds said the customer-oriented company is continuing to grow.
“We’re trying to make it so everybody, no matter where you’re from, knows what Hibbett Sports is and what we’re all about as far as customer service and product knowledge,” he said.
“Hopefully we’re saving a lot of people some trips to Sioux Falls and Sioux City,” Bounds added. “It sounds like we’re going to keep business here in town. A lot of people have been saying that we have everything they need for the sports.”
The hours for Hibbett Sports are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.