Congratulations to BRA Member Thalia Surf Shop on Their New Store Opening

Tiffany Montgomery of Shop Eat Surf announces that BRA Member, Thalia Surf Shop is partnering with Vans to open another store in Laguna Beach, adjacent to their current location. The store will be called Vans by Thalia Surf Shop and is expected to open in the next few days. According to the article, Vans, which is making a push on the surf side of the action sports industry, is interested in partnering with other retailers in a similar vein. The concept of vendors and retailers partnering together on joint retail ventures has really took ahold over the past couple of years with stores like ZJ Boarding House, Coast 2 Coast and HSS all partnering with major vendors to redesign and brand their shops....

Dicks Sporting Goods Plans Major Expansion

As reported on Shop Eat Surf, Dick’s Sporting Goods, a general sporting goods chain that carries some surf, skate and snow product aims to double it’s door count to 900 storefronts. Dick’s Sporting Goods is already the largest in the nation with 15 stores in California and 11 in Florida. That count may jump to 94 and 54 respectively. According to Tiffany Montgomery’s article, “Dick’s is projecting it will record $4.4 billion in revenue for the 2010 fiscal year.” To see a map containing the projected store count for each state in the future, click here...

It’s Official – Billabong Bought Becker Surf and Sport

Rumors have been circulating, even down at the Surf Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico a few weeks ago that Billabong was interested in purchasing Becker’s retail operation. The rumors became more official yesterday at least one industry blog reported that the sale was a sure thing. Last night Tiffany Montgomery of Shop Eat Surf posted the ofifical press release confirming that Billabong would be acquiring Becker’s retail operation. Dave Hollander, owner of Becker Surf and Sport, a former founding member of the Board Retailers Association (BRA) and a Member of the Advisory Board until the sale yesterday, owns six retail shops including their newest SUP store. To see the official press release visit Shop Eat Surf at...

Vox Sells Skateboard Shoes that Retail for $39.99

I was reading Shop Eat Surf this morning like I do every day and Tiffany Montgomery posted an article on Vox Skateboard Shoes and an interview she did with company executives. Check out the full story at http://www.shop-eat-surf.com/news-item/1548/update-on-changes-at-vox/- In the article, Vox references their Relief Program, a series of skateboard shoes with a price point of $39.99. Vox claims the shoes are “just as good as any comparable shoe (low-profile vulcanized) but retail for $10-20 less while still giving the retailer a full margin.” Seems like the concept is a win-win for retailer and consumer alike. Any thoughts? Anyone utilizing the Vox Relief Program and selling the Trooper Relief, Deuce and the new...

Shop Eat Surf Checks in with Andy Tompkins of ASR

By TIFFANY MONTGOMERY I checked in with ASR Group Show Director Andy Tompkins to get an update on the upcoming ASR show. How is ASR September shaping up? We’re excited that the industry is really getting behind the ASR Marketplace event as the best opportunity to influence retail buyers from all over the globe – given the economic conditions that we are all facing, we are thrilled with the show’s size and scope. Do you expect the show to have as many exhibitors and attendees as last September? I’m not sure if much in our world is the same as this time last year. September 2008 was really the beginning of the downturn for many, so candidly we do expect a smaller show. ASR showcased approximately 700 brands in 2008 and for 2009 we expect a little over 500 brands. But these names will be the most influential in action sports across categories. What has been the response to Class@ASR? How many exhibitors will that event have? We expect about 100 brands to exhibit at CLASS @ ASR. It has received a very positive response as a great addition to the ASR platform. We have been able to re-engage brands such as Stussy, Original Penguin, and Howe with the launch while attracting new labels such as Comune and Lira. Retailers that visit ASR will have a much wider selection of products to choose from and the fashion forward element will attract premium boutique retailers to ASR bringing new buying power to the entire Marketplace. How have SIMA and ASR been working together? What are some of the new ideas...