(10:40 AM) Ribbon Cutting Held For New Runnings Store
Runnings is now open in West Ellicott, and owner Dennis Reed believes local residents “have really been waiting for a store like this.”
The 720 Fairmount Ave. property was purchased from Sam’s Club about a year ago, Reed said. In January 2018, Sam’s Club shuttered its local store along with dozens of others across the country.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held earlier today after a soft opening in late September.
Patrick McLaughlin, Ellicott town supervisor, said he is glad a new business was able to move into the property.
“We don’t like to see empty buildings,” McLaughlin said, adding that much of the work to fill the store was done by the Reed family.
The Minnesota-based company has 45 stores and employs more than 2,200 workers across seven states. It sells a variety of sporting goods, clothing, footwear, farm supplies and outdoor equipment.
Runnings announced in March it planned to move into the 115,000-square-foot facility, previously home to Sam’s Club for many years. The West Ellicott location began hiring employees in June.
As for how to describe the store he owns to people who might not know what to expect, Reed was at a loss for words.
“You just have to see it,” Reed told The Post-Journal due to the stores variety of products.