Tri-City Sports to get new owner, location
7 months, 3 weeks ago by Jamie Busen
Store re-opens Monday at 4380 Broadway
After 21 years of owning Tri-City Sports, Kathy Thomas is set to explore other avenues.
"It's time for the next generation to take over," Thomas said.
She sold her business this week to Tom Frese, who will move the store from 936 Broadway to the East end of town Monday.
"It's treated me very well," Thomas said of her store. "I've had so many loyal customers over the years that have been so good to me. I'll miss all of those people; it's been very gratifying."
New owner Frese said when he learned the business was going to be for sale, everything fell into place.
The paperwork was signed earlier today, and as soon as the ink dried Frese started moving. Tri-City Sports will re-open Monday at 4380 Broadway, in the strip area next to Midwest Paints owned by Steve Brink.
Frese said it's his plan to also implement outside sales, so someone can meet with schools and businesses in regards to athletic sales. Customers will also be dealing directly with David Grant, the graphic artist, who will be given a large showcase area. The new store will almost double in size at 4,000 square-feet.
"There'll be a lot more wall space," Frese said. "They'll be able to see a lot more, and when they walk in it will be visually appealing, it will be a neat look."
Frese, who has experience in retail, said everything was in line and he was ready for something new.
"I'm really excited," Frese said. "I'm nervous, stressed, I've got a lot of emotions but mostly it's excited. My wife and kids are excited to take on a new adventure, too."
He thought the move to a higher-traffic area on the East end of town, coupled with a bigger floor space, would allow for expansion on other areas.
"I think it will be a good move for the store and for us moving forward," he said.
Frese said he's big on getting customer feedback to find out what it is they want to see in the store. His plan is to get new merchandise "nobody else is carrying" in, as well as to keep the same quality of service and products "Quincy soccer moms, dads and kids" are used to.
Thomas believes she's leaving her legacy in good hands.
"I'm just thrilled with Tom. He knows a lot of people in town, he has a lot of connections and I will pass this baton on to him, knowing he will do well," she said.
The new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.