Dun­ham’s opens

Shop­pers line up to wel­come re­turn of sport­ing goods store at Fair­lane Vil­lage

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By VICKI TER­wIllIGER

POTTSVILLE — Be­fore the orange rib­bon fell to open the new Dun­ham’s Sports store at the Fair­lane Vil­lage mall, cus­tomers were al­ready lined up at 9 a.m. Fri­day hop­ing to grab some deals close to home.

They’ve been with­out the sport­ing goods chain since the closing of the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville and since work be­gan this sum­mer at the new Pottsville Dun­ham’s lo­ca­tion.

Kerri Bundy, store gen­eral man­ager, cut the rib­bon, wel­com­ing shop­pers to the 43,960- square- foot fa­cil­ity and thank­ing her staff, vis­it­ing man­ager and cor­po­rate representatives for their sup­port.

“We’re very ex­cited to be back. We hope you all like the store — it’s beau­ti­ful,” Bundy said. Bundy, who had been the pre­vi­ous gen­eral man­ager at the Ha­zle­ton store, said the 7165 Fair­lane Vil­lage mall site em­ploys about 35 full- and part- time work­ers.

Steve San­der, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, came from Dun­ham’s cor­po­rate head­quar­ters in Troy, Michi­gan, for Fri­day’s launch. He said he tries to get to all of the rib­bon- cut­ting cer­e­monies for the grand open­ings.

“We al­most l ooked at Frackville and Pottsville as one mar­ket,” he said. “We’re happy to be back here. We ex­pect it to be as good as the Frackville lo­ca­tion ... The real es­tate is bet­ter.”

Dun­ham’s closed Dec. 31, 2017, at the Schuylkill Mall. It had to va­cate af­ter NP New Cas­tle LLC, River­side, Mis­souri, bought the mall for $ 2.1 mil­lion in a Jan­uary 2017 bank­ruptcy auc­tion.

Cristina Seeraj, of Frackville, at­tended the grand open­ing, look­ing for win­ter boots. Her fam­ily had shopped at the Frackville store.

“I loved go­ing there and my hus­band could spend hours in there. We’re happy that they’ve opened here. It’s close and it’s af­ford­able,” Seeraj, a mother of four, said. Three of her chil­dren play bas­ket­ball and soc­cer, she said, and Dun­ham’s has a good se­lec­tion for ath­letic wear and sup­plies.

Chris Webb spent time in the hunt­ing depart­ment Fri­day.

“Af­ter they closed the store in Frackville, I was go­ing to the one in Ha­zle­ton, but this is much closer. I wanted to scope ev­ery­thing out and see where ev­ery­thing is,” Webb, of Mount Carmel, said.

The out­doors and hunt­ing se­lec­tion also drew cus­tom- ers Mark Hoff and Nikole Haller, both of Shenan­doah.

“We’re Christ­mas shop­ping for my broth­ers. For my­self, I like com­ing in here and look­ing at the hunt­ing sup­plies and the guns,” Hoff, a mem­ber of the Army Na­tional Guard, 1st Bat­tal­ion, 109th In­fantry in Tamaqua, said.

Mean­while, Erin Lof­tus, a for mer cus­tomer at the Frackville store, also found some Christ­mas gift ideas.

“This store has a lot more to choose from,” Lof­tus, of Schuylkill Haven, said. She ar­rived as one of the first 100 in the door and re­ceived a free Dun­hams’ Sports T- shirt.

“I’ll be do­ing more shop­ping here. We don’t have much shop­ping left any­more in Schuylkill County and now you don’t have to drive far,” Lof­tus said.

In ad­di­tion to the T- shirt give­away to the first 100 cus­tomers Fri­day, there was also free 6- packs of Coke or Diet Coke to any­one mak­ing a pur­chase of $ 10 or more, while sup­plies lasted. Guests were treated to free re­fresh­ments and bal­loons.

To­day, the first 100 adults will re­ceive a Dun­ham’s Sports base­ball cap. On Sun­day, the first 50 peo­ple/ fam­i­lies in line will re­ceive a $ 10 Dun­ham’s Sports gift card.

Ac­cord­ing to a cor­po­rate re­lease, the open­ing of the Pottsville lo­ca­tion is the 29th Dun­ham’s Sports store in the state and marks more than 230 stores chain­wide.

“The new Pottsville store of­fers a full line of tra­di­tional sport­ing goods and ath­letic equip­ment, as well as a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tive and ca­sual sports ap­parel and footwear fea­tur­ing Un­der Amour, Nike, adi­das, Skech­ers and more.

“There will be a large se­lec­tion of ath­letic and out­door ap­parel, a fit­ness depart­ment, plus a large value area fea­tur­ing footwear at sav­ings of 30 to 50 per­cent off. The ex­panded out­door depart­ment will of­fer more from your fa­vorite brands like Rem­ing­ton, Rocky, Smith & Wes­son and Cros­man, plus a large of­fer­ing of kayaks, ca­noes and stand- up pad­dle­boards. The store will also have a Fair­way Cen­ter golf shop fea­tur­ing top golf brands such as Tay­lormade, Titleist, Call­away and Cobra,” the re­lease said.

Store hours are 9 a. m. to 9: 30 p. m. Mon­day through Satur­day, and from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Sun­day.

JAC­QUE­LiNE dOrMEr / StAff PHO­tOG­rA­PHEr

Kerri Bundy, gen­eral man­ager, cen­ter, re­acts af­ter cut­ting the rib­bon for the open­ing of Dun­ham’s Sports on Fri­day at the Fair­lane Vil­lage mall in Pottsville. Hold­ing the rib­bon, at left, is Mel Fredericks, hunt­ing man­ager KTL.

John Ver­den­sky, Saint Clair, shops in the hunt­ing depart­ment at Dun­ham’s.

The store in­cludes a sec­tion for golfers with a va­ri­ety of golf clubs and ac­ces­sories, left, and a fan gear sec­tion, right, which Jack Ber­nathy, Gil­ber­ton, browses through on Fri­day.

JaC­QUe­LINe Dormer / STaff pHo­Tog­ra­pHer

Cristina Seeraj, Frackville, shops for shoes Fri­day at Dun­ham’s Sports at the Fair­lane Vil­lage mall, Pottsville.

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