Grand Junction Needs This Amazing Store
While back in Kansas City over the holidays a friend took me to a new store. Scheels is amazing and the western slope would be a perfect place to build one. Junction needs one of these!
There's already one coming to Colorado. A Johnstown location is set to open in September 2017. With so many outdoor activities in these parts, this kind of store would do well. Besides, who wouldn't love a store with a working Ferris wheel? Yes, I rode it. Two grown men can ride a Farris wheel. There's no shame in it.
The store is a combination of your favorite outdoor apparel and footwear store, combined with your favorite tackle shop, hunting supply store, sports team and equipment store all rolled into one multi-level shopping experience.
The Scheels story is pretty amazing too. In the early 1900's Frederick A. Scheel, a German immigrant used the $300 he earned from his potato farm as the down payment on the first Scheels, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.
Firmly planted in the hardware business, Scheels started adding a small selection of sporting goods to their stores in 1954. Customer interest grew, and more and more sports lines were added with athletic shoes and clothing being introduced to the Scheels' product mix in 1972.
Scheels' first All Sports Superstore opened in Grand Forks, ND in 1989. Scheels' Reno/Sparks, Nevada location opened in 2008 and is the World's Largest All Sports Store. Today, Scheels is a 26-store operation with stores in 11 states including North Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, and Kansas.
Today, Steve D. Scheel, the great grandson of Scheels' founder, is the company's Chairman of the Board, and great-great grandson Steve M. Scheel is CEO. Bill Nelson serves as President and oversees Scheels’ daily operations of more than 6,000 associates.
I'm not sure we need to petition to get them to consider an investment in Junction but I do know folks around here would love it. As a fisherman, outdoors, and sports fan, I know I did. The Farris wheel was fun too.