With encouragement from his grandmother and his own determination, in 1948 Dick Stack opened a small store in Binghamton, New York.
At just 18 years old Stack had some forward thinking ideas to share with his employer. His ideas were summarily rejected, leaving him discouraged. Soon thereafter, while visiting his grandmother, he confided in her his disappointments. From an old cookie jar she took $300 dollars which she had saved through the years, gave it to him and said “Dick, always follow your dreams.”
With that money he opened a small bait and tackle shop and within 10 years had customers asking him to expand his business to include other sports equipment. From that Dick's Sporting Goods was born.
Today Dick's Sporting Goods operates over 440 stores in 42 states. The new 50,000 square-foot Peachtree Corners store will open to the public on September 28 with the grand opening on October 1. Jerry Moss, the construction superintendent, allowed me to take a tour of the work in progress. It was fun to see the “before” and I’m looking forward to seeing the “after.”
Also in this refurbished shopping center there will be a 15,000 square-foot PetSmart and a Corner Bakery. Even more to look forward to.
Many Peachtree Corners residents are looking forward to this addition to our community. Now we won’t have to travel so far for lots of thing we need.
As Peachtree Corners resident Tracie Nowak puts it, “I’m so glad that I won’t have to drive to the big mall areas to get sports equipment. I can just make a run after school, get what we need and then go to a practice or game from there.”
Another resident, Amanda Tyler, looks forward to the store as well. “I am happy to have a sporting goods store move into the Peachtree Corners. The community is very sports minded and was under-served with quality sports equipment.”
Stop by on September 28th or after and check out Peachtree Corners' new sporting goods store. the hours will be: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dick's Sporting Goods
6050 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092