Kalamazoo, Mich. — For seven years in a row, Gazelle Sports, a west Michigan-based fitness retail company with locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Holland, has been named to the 50 Best Running Stores in America® list. This year, Gazelle Sports made it into the top four Best Running Stores in America®, and was recently honored at “The Running Event,” an industry-only trade show held in Austin, Texas.
“We are very proud to be recognized as one of the best running stores in America,” shared Chris Lampen-Crowell, co-owner of Gazelle Sports. “It is a tribute to the Gazelle Sports staff. It means that they are living our mission to pursue, encourage and celebrate a healthy lifestyle, and providing the best customer care in the world. We are blessed to build a business in west Michigan, where ‘local’ is a significant business value. Thank you west Michigan for your support!” View Competitor’s Gazelle Sports video here GazelleSports.com/Top4.
Every year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight identify the 50 Best Running Stores in America. It starts with consumers nominating their favorite stores through Competitor.com. Each nominated store is put through a rigorous evaluation process, which includes mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment.
“What sets Gazelle Sports apart from other retailers is our true commitment to our customers,” stated Darin Piippo, assistant store manager at Gazelle Sports’ Grand Rapids location. “We strive to create a meaningful experience every time someone steps foot in our store. Our focus is on the ongoing health and wellbeing of our customers and our community. It is not about one pair of shoes or one race event, but rather what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our staff is passionate about helping people. Through this passion, we strive to create long-term, sustainable partnerships with our customers.”
One particular organization that Gazelle Sports supports is Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, which uses the power of running to encourage girls 8-14 years old in their character development.
“Gazelle Sports is not only a leading specialty running retailer,” said Sandy Barry-Loken, director of Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run. “Gazelle Sports is also a leader in the efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our community. Gazelle Sports is a true community partner. Since the very first day Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run was established, Gazelle Sports has been at the heart of all the work we do to inspire girls – and those who love them – to be confident, joyful and healthy. We would not be able to touch the many lives that we do without the extreme dedication and selfless service of Gazelle Sports.”
The December issue of Competitor magazine is on newsstands now.
About Gazelle Sports
In 1985, Chris Lampen-Crowell and Bruce Johnson co-founded Gazelle Sports in downtown Kalamazoo. Today, there are locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and downtown Holland where Gazelle Sports strives for retail excellence by providing the world’s best customer care. Gazelle Sports offers footwear and apparel for active and casual use, provides free runs and walks, weekly clinics, training programs, and organizes and supports over 125 events throughout the year.
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