On Tuesday, friends and families of employees, dignitaries and local youth sports coaches, parents and students got a preview of the new Dick’s Sporting Goods in Clermont.
A crowd formed around the store’s main entrance, located at 1325 Sandy Grove Ave., as store manager Adam Tomko welcomed the community. Clermont City Manager Darren Gray and Mayor Pro Tem Ray Goodgame spoke about what the store means to Clermont.
“Our brand is health, wellness and fitness, and this store fits into that and into our city perfectly,” Gray said.
Officials then cut the ribbon while patrons streamed into the store to check out their favorite departments.
“Dick’s Sporting Goods is a great addition to the community because as much as we’ve grown here in the last 10 years, it’s good to have a big sporting goods dealer here. It’s a great advantage to the coaches, to the parents and to the kids around here,” said Mike Boyack, a Clermont resident and coach at South Lake and East Ridge High Schools.
The brief celebration Tuesday was a prelude to the official grand opening at 8 a.m. Friday, which will feature free Reebok Play Dry T-shirts for the first 100 people and free Mystery Gift Cards worth between $5 and $500 for the first 100 adults in line on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
Guests in line early will receive a combination for a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker at 7:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday.
“We are very excited. This was a great, welcoming crowd today. The community has been terrific and everyone’s response to our store has been just wonderful,” Senior Community Marketing Manager Lauren Delany said.
Delaney said that perhaps the biggest attraction for the weekend-long grand opening is a 4,000-gallon bass tank that will be set up in the parking lot where fishing demonstrations will be held hourly from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to a press release, on Saturday, “Addictive Fishing” host Blair Wiggins will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We’re wanting to bring out the outdoors enthusiasts, in addition to the sports and fishing enthusiasts,” Delaney said.
The 40,218-square-foot store, built by Schmidt Construction, will have extended hours throughout the weekend.
The opening of the Clermont Dick’s Sporting Goods marks the retailer’s 28th store in Florida and 573rd nationwide.
“The biggest thing is you don’t have to drive all the way to Winter Garden or Orlando for quality products. Leagues can also come here too,” Clermont resident Patrick Sweeney said.
“Ten years ago there was nothing here but now, you can stay in town and get almost everything you need; now anything sports related.”