Athletes Corner hopes to attract more casual shoppers at new location Rob Green was fresh out Kelso High School when he was first hired on at Athletes Corner in Longview.
A decade later he's still with the company running a new, bigger store. Many kids around town know Green as "the Athletes Corner guy", the one who helped fit them with a new helmet or glove. "I really enjoy all the kids that come in the store, be it a five year old getting his first glove or basketball or a teenager getting a new bat or new pair of basketball shoes," Green said. "Nothing oakley vault sunglasses is more satisfying than seeing smiling kids leave the store." Now both athletes and weekend warriors will have a bigger selection of gear to choose from at the company's new location on 15th Avenue in the old Olympic Drug building. With more room and a better location, Longview's Athletes Corner is hoping to snag more casual customers in addition to its dedicated customer base of team sports players. Most if its customers come to the store purchase a specific item like a pair of cleats or bat without dropping by just to browse, oakley discount Green said. "We're a destination store my hope is to get more new 'causal' customers," Green said. "This location has way more traffic and gives us more visibility," he added. The new store is 10,000 square feet, up from the 6,500 square feet at its former location in the Twin City Shopping Center near Big Lots. The added space is filled with workout wear (sports bras, compression shorts), a 100 foot long wall of running and basketball shoes, a wall of New Era flat brimmed baseball caps, an Oakley sunglasses display case and more licensed college and professional fan wear. broadcasts like the Olympics or other sporting events in the background. And while there is an ample supply of baseball bats and shin guards, the store also offers plenty of fun for non athletes, too, such as "I heart Kelso" racer back tank tops, high top Blazers socks and Air Jordan shoes. Customers will also find t shirts, sweatshirts and hats adorned with their favorite high school logos, which are made at the company's Vancouver printing shop. The company also offers the oakley authorized dealer printing and also embroidery services to local businesses and sports teams. Athletes Corner also recently launched an online store. Not all of its inventory is online yet, but Green hopes to work up to that point eventually. Margret Jabusch and her late husband, Mike, started the company in 1979. They opened a Longview location at the Twin City Shopping Center in 1991 with their son, Kirk, as the manager. The company now has four locations: one each in Longview and Centralia and two in Vancouver. The sporting goods company hired another employee for its new bigger store, bringing the total number employees up to seven. Most of the store's employees were former athletes themselves, Green said. "You come in here, we're going to walk you through the sale oakley plank if you need help.. We're big on training employees to know their products," Green said. Winlock optometrist receives education award The American Optometric Association has awarded Dr. Chuen Y.
Wong of Winlock the 2016 Continuing Optometric Recognition Award. The award, presented at meeting in Boston in June, recognizes optometrists who have completed 50 credit hours of continuing education in their field over one period and in addition, have previously received the Initial Optometric Recognition Award. Recipients of the latter must complete 150 hours of continuing education over three years.
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