Runner's Alley opens Concord store today
The New Hampshire company opens its fourth store today on North Main Street, diagonally across from the State House.
Gray said he estimated the Manchester store, where he had worked, drew up to a quarter of its customers from the Concord area.
“Most people who come in are looking for some guidance,” said Katie Trice, a sales associate at the Hanover Street location.Trice convinced customer Ann Marshall she needed a half-size bigger in her Saucony running shoe.
With less than 48 hours before left before its opening, the Concord store awaited its sidewalk awning, and mannequins waited to be clothed.
An organized 3-mile run is planned for 6 p.m. today from the Concord store.
The Concord store opens everyday at 10 a.m. It closes at 5 p.m. on the weekends, 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 6 p.m. on the remaining weekdays.
“We go from the high school athlete, even the middle school athlete, to senior citizens,” she said. “Everyone’s trying to stay in shape these days.”
“How their foot is landing” and the position of their hips and whether their shoulders dip, he said.
“Anybody who’s serious about their running and fitness wants to make sure they have the right shoe,” Sylvester said.
She opened the Portsmouth location in 1997, Manchester in 2001 and Nashua in 2009.
The Concord location will mean “we’ll get a lot more customers up north and further west,” she said.
Sylvester doesn’t think outlet stores in Tilton threaten her business.
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