Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nike to Open Downtown Store

According to the Business Journal, Nike will be opening a new store Saturday in the former Bowling Hall of Fame Museum building in anticipation of the influx of visitors expected during the MLB All-Star Game festivities in July.

Nike will take 2,500 to 3,000 sf on the ground floor, and is currently working on the store's build-out and exterior improvements.

A Nike representative said the store will operate through the All-Star Game and “hopefully beyond that,” but did not disclose the length of the Nike agreement.

Whether Nike will operate out of the Bowling Hall of Fame building on a permanent basis depends on just how "permanent" the building is. The building was slated for demolition so that the land could be included in the Ballpark Village development, but at the rate that project is progressing, the Bowling Hall of Fame building could be standing for some time. If Ballpark Village ever does get built, hopefully the Nike store will be successful enough to warrant a new, larger store there.

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