Friday, September 05, 2008

Chick's With Dick's

Congrats to Dick's Sporting Goods for finally opening a store in Southern California.

Gillespie said the retailer plans to open a 44,000-square-foot store in summer 2009 in the new building adjacent to Atrium Court, where Dean & DeLuca also plans to open next year.

Dick’s declined to comment.

There are no Dick’s stores in California, according to the retailer’s Web site. As of Aug. 2, the company operated 357 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in 38 states, primarily throughout the eastern half of the U.S.

Dick’s also owns Chick’s Sporting Goods, a chain founded in 1949 that operates 15 stores in Southern California. Last year, Dick’s bought Chick’s, which has stores in Yorba Linda, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch and Tustin at The Market Place.

The retail company expects to convert one Chick’s store to a Dick’s shop for the fiscal third quarter, according to a recent company statement. It didn’t specify that location.

Only California could give me the excuse to write the above headline at an otherwise respectable sports blog.

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