2nd Cen­tury open for busi­ness (again)

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - SPORTS - STAFF

ORIL­LIA — Af­ter a re­lo­ca­tion that lasted a few months, 2nd Cen­tury Source for Sports is once again open for busi­ness.

Owner Rob Blas­dell, his wife Arthemise and daugh­ter Jay­den have been look­ing for­ward to this for a while.

“It was a quick turn around and many hours of work but the store is look­ing great and ready to go,” said Blas­dell.

Blas­dell is no stranger to sports re­tail as he worked pre­vi­ously for for­mer owner Peter Brom­ley for 25 years at the pre­vi­ous 2nd Cen­tury lo­ca­tion across the road on West Street.

When asked about com­pet­ing in a sports re­tail world where big box stores have taken over in some cities, Blas­dell noted there are many up­sides to deal­ing with a lo­cally owned busi­ness.

“Cer­tainly, they will have more in­ven­tory, but it’s our fo­cus on cus­tomer ser­vice that dif­fer­en­ti­ates us from them. We work, live, and play in this com­mu­nity and our rep­u­ta­tion is ev­ery­thing. We don’t prod­uct push and we’ve never had com­mis­sioned sales reps, we pro­vide so­lu­tions to what the cus­tomer needs are and build re­la­tion­ships from there.”

Blas­dell adds that they have many loyal lo­cal and re­gional cus­tomers that in some cases travel well over an hour to get their skates sharp­ened at their lo­ca­tion, the same goes for ski tun­ing and squash rac­quet servicing.

“I’ve been sharp­en­ing skates in Oril­lia for well over 25 years, it take a real knack to get a pair of skates or skis just right.”

John Ham­mill, re­gional ad­ver­tis­ing di­rec­tor for the Packet & Times and for­mer board mem­ber of the Oril­lia Sports Coun­cil had noth­ing but good things to say about his new Fit­tons Plaza neigh­bour.

“I’m glad to see Rob and his team are back open again, 2nd Cen­tury Sports here in Oril­lia has al­ways been a go-to shop for many sports en­thu­si­asts in the city and I know they have al­ways and will con­tinue to spon­sor lo­cal sports teams in our com­mu­nity.”

Blas­dell spends a lot of time play­ing sports and vol­un­teer­ing in the Oril­lia area. He is the cur­rent gen­eral man­ager of the Oril­lia Lacrosse Jr. B team and as­sists with the league where he can.

2nd Cen­tury Source for Sports is hav­ing their grand re-open­ing cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day Satur­day.

STAFF PHOTO

2nd Cen­tury as­so­ciate Jake Beard re­view­ing a new Bauer stick and its flex with a young cus­tomer at their new Fit­tons Plaza lo­ca­tion.

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