Times Staff Report
July 2, 2013
PRESTONSBURG – National sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. operating as Hibbett Sports, has opened its newest store in Prestonburg. The new store opened at 505 Village Drive in Prestonburg Plaza on Friday, June 28, and will employ approximately eight full and part-time team members.
Announcing the opening, Jeff Rosenthal, President and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. said, “This convenient new location is a win-win for our company and the Prestonburg community. We are very excited to serve the customers in this area.”
Hibbett Sports stocks a large selection of athletic footwear, athletic apparel and team athletic equipment. “With the buying power of a national company, we offer our customers the convenience of buying the best in sports, right in their own neighborhoods,” said Rosenthal, “and we extensively train our employees to make sure they can provide superior service to our customers.”
“We research the markets we enter to learn what the customers of that area want from a sporting goods store,” added Rosenthal. “We constantly update our merchandise assortment to offer the latest in product technology, performance and fashion so that we can meet the diverse needs of our customer’s active lifestyles.”
Hibbett Sports also offers customers a valuable customer loyalty program, the Hibbett Sports MVP Rewards program. “Our customers in Prestonburg can go online to www.hibbett.com today and sign up for the program to start earning points with their very first purchases,” said Rosenthal.
Kentucky has been a target of the company’s expansion for several years now. With the addition of the Prestonburg location, the company has 52 stores open in Kentucky. Of those stores, Bowling Green was the first to open in 1989. The new Prestonburg location joins a growing number of Hibbett Sports stores in east Kentucky, including stores in Hazard, Pikeville and South Williamson.
In business since 1945, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. operates over 850 sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the Sunbelt, Mid-Atlantic and the Lower Midwest. The company’s primary store format is a 5,000 square-foot store located in dominant strip centers and enclosed malls. Each store typically lies within 150 miles of another store location.