Introducing: Dick’s Sporting Goods

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DICK’S Sporting Goods opened its doors in Panama City Beach on March 7, 2014 and will be celebrating 10 years equipping the community. DICK’S is an apparel, footwear, outdoor recreation and fitness retailer. DICK’s was founded in 1948 when 18-year-old Dick Stack was working at an Army surplus store in Binghamton, New York. An avid fisherman, Dick was approached by the store owner to come up with a list of products needed to get into the fishing tackle business. After Dick presented his suggestions, the owner told him he was a dumb kid and had no idea what he was doing. Dick was upset and promptly quit. He went to his grandmother’s house where he spent a lot of time as a kid and told her what had happened. Dick’s grandmother asked how much it would cost to build the store himself. Dick said it would cost $300. His grandmother then went to the cookie jar where she kept her life savings and gave him $300 and told him, “Do it yourself.” Dick used that money and his relentless work-ethic to open a bait-and-tackle shop in Binghamton. By the late 1970s, he expanded his product line to include much of what you’ll find at DICK’S Sporting Goods today.

Docks Sporting Goods PcbToday, DICK’S Sporting Goods creates confidence and excitement by inspiring, supporting and personally equipping all athletes to achieve their dreams. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the leading omnichannel retailer serves athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in more than 850 DICK’S Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Public Lands, Moosejaw, Going Going Gone! and Warehouse Sale stores, online, and through the DICK’S mobile app. DICK’S also owns and operates DICK’S House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile platform for live streaming, scheduling, communications and scorekeeping.

Our company is built on the belief that sports have the power to change lives and that giving back and doing what’s right is ultimately what makes us successful. This has been engrained in our business since we sold our first fishing lure in 1948, and it will always be central to our strategy.

We look forward to seeing you and equipping your family with their athletic needs!