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 Parkway store will open to the public on Sept. 28 with the grand opening on Oct. 1.
Jerry Moss, the construction superintendent, allowed Patch to take a tour of the work in progress. It was fun to see the “before,” 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.
Stop by on Sept. 28 or after. The hours will be: Mon. to Sat. 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dick's Sporting Goods
6050 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092