After months of speculation, sporting goods giant Sport Chalet has officially announced that they will take over about 27,000 square feet (26,800 SF to be exact) in the new soon-to-reopen $40 million makeover of FIGat7th in Downtown LA’s Financial District. Sport Chalet’s new location downtown will be another anchor for the retail center in addition to City Target (now with plans to open by Thanksgiving). With Smart & Final Extra and Soleto opening down the street on Figueroa, the area is finally gaining a critical mass of businesses that will help activate the sidewalks with pedestrians.
Known for their wide selection of athletic apparel and fitness equipment, Sport Chalet adds another prominent retailer to Downtown LA’s growing list of retail shops. With plans to open by May 2013 in the lower level courtyard (where the upscale food court Taste will be), I am glad to learn that this new Downtown LA location will incorporate some “enhanced” upgrades that will help distinguish it from the rest of the chain’s more plain store designs.
According to Sport Chalet’s press release from yesterday, “This store will open with the next generation design of enhanced displays, fixtures, and graphics to reinforce its brand and technical merchandise and service offerings.”
Sport Chalet currently has 54 locations in four states (California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah) stocking brands like Nike, adidas, DC, Precor, Diamondback, Roxy, Quiksilver, New Balance, Under Armour, Columbia, and The North Face in clothing, shoes, and sports equipment. They offer sporting goods for all sports activities including fitness, tennis, basketball, fishing, soccer, skateboarding, golf, fitness, baseball, running, camping, SCUBA, and swimming.