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Runnings celebrates ribbon cutting

Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors help Runnings store managers John Aanenson (center), Lori Klaassen (left), and Linda Johnson (right) at Friday's ribbon cutting at its new Worthington store along Oxford Street. (Special to the Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Hotdogs, brats, prizes, balloon artistry, face painting, chainsaw carvings, good deals and more.

There wasn’t much someone couldn’t find at Runnings in Worthington during the store’s five-day grand opening event.

The parking lot was busy Friday around lunch time, as Nobles County 4-H volunteers grilled hotdogs and brats. Runnings donated the meat, chips and soda so the youth program could earn money as a fundraiser, said Runnings Director of Marketing and eCommerce Dennis Jensen. Meals will be served again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today  The grand opening runs through Sunday.

Worthington Runnings Store manager John Aanenson said the grand opening that began Wednesday went as well as their first two and a half months of business at the new Oxford Street location.

“It’s going phenomenal,” he said. “The new store has been great. The community has been very receptive and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback.”

“We’re making a lot of new friends,” Jensen said, emphasizing that the expansion wouldn’t have been possible without community support. “A new store does not work if there’s not a solid base of customers.”