Did you hear?... Falke introduces concept Sock Shop

Socks as destination shop: Falke of Germany introduced a concept Sock Shop last year at Sport Scheck in Cologne and Sport Behrens in Hamburg.

Socks as destination shop: Falke of Germany introduced a concept Sock Shop last year at Sport Scheck in Cologne and Sport Behrens in Hamburg for its "ergonomic sport system," and the company had a 50 percent increase in sock sales there over the previous year, although it didn't have any more square feet. Falke managers say that leads them to believe in concept shops for socks, rather than putting specialty socks in different departments.


Did you hear?... Nike ACG to open concept shop at Tigne ski resort in the French Alps

Nike ACG will open a concept shop at the Tigne ski resort in the French Alps on Dec. 11. Massimo Giunco, Nike's senior corporate communications manager there, told SNEWS® it will be the first shop at a ski resort in Europe. "We are trying to have a sustainable growth for ACG in ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Settling into our seat last week on a flight home from D.C. for National PE Day lobbying (look for our upcoming story the week of May 11), we hear a hustle and bustle at the door. Olympic gold-medalist sprinter and long-jumper Carl Lewis is rushing in at the last second, also ...read more


Fitness: Did You Hear?...

For the week of June 21-27 >> Since RBC Capital had worked with Nautilus on the acquisition of Pearl Izumi, it wasn't allowed to do a report at that time about the purchase. Now, a week later, it's come out with what it called a "Q2 earnings preview," titled, "A good month ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> efi Sports Medicine is expanding its Gravity Training System quickly, including clubs in Australia and Europe. This month, it will debut at the Rimini Fitness Festival in Italy. >> The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has announced it has entered a strategic marketing ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Bauer Industries, the parent company of the Sports Rack retail chain, (www.sportsrack.com) re-acquired its manufacturing division, BVG, from bankrupt Steel Horse. In 1999, BVG was acquired by Steel Horse Automotive, one of the largest names in the aftermarket auto accessory ...read more

Sports Superstore Invades Germany With New Concepts

Germany is suddenly dealing with an invasion of sports discounters that are introducing an entirely new shopping concept to the German market -- a concept that has local retailers just a tad shook up. In mid-October, Austria-based discount superstore Sports Experts opened a ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> GERMANY -- Sales at sporting goods stores for February compared to February a year ago were down a whopping 13 percent in Germany, based on a survey of 89 representative stores by the German trade magazine sport+mode. Comparing the first two months of this year to the same ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> The March 2004 issue of Smart Money magazine rated home gyms, with the True Strength 540 HG coming out on top with five stars (the magazine noted a "pleasing tubular look"), but was tailed closely by the Parabody GS6 with 4.5 stars. Next with four stars came the Hoist V5 (with ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Horizon Fitness has announced that Robert Brooks Associates, a rep firm for sporting goods manufacturers, has signed on to represent Horizon's products. Robert Brooks Associates also reps for Knight Golf, Ebonite Bowling Equipment, Bell Sports, and Roller Derby Skates. The ...read more