CCS Invades Local Skate Shop to Recruit Employees

In case you haven’t seen the post on the Transworld Business Forum (http://business.transworld.net/35856/features/friday-free-for-all-core-shops-vs-ccs/) or didn’t get the email directly from BRA Board Member, Todd Canipe of Vertical Urge in Raleigh, North Carolina, last week a “recruiter from CCS/Champs/Foot Locker” came into his shop and park with fliers encouraging his local shop kids to apply for employment at the new CCS store opening at a nearby mall. Todd has been aware of the new store opening for 6 months but was caught off guard by the blatant recruitment in his shop and park. Todd wants to share his experience as a reminder to other specialty retailers to be smart and prepared, as a CCS store is likely to be coming to...

Transworld Business Industry & Retail Awards

Congratulations to BRA Co-Chairman Duke Edukas and his partner Paul Burnett of Surfside Sports on being named OVERALL SHOP OF THE YEAR in the 2009 Industry & Retail Awards hosted by Transworld Business. Congratulations also to Dogfunk.com for being named Online Retailer of the Year and Milo Myers at Hanger 94 for being named Hardgoods Retailer of the Year. Keep up the great work guys! What an honor to be recognized by your fellow retailers as well as the industry at large. The following is a list of Regional Shops of the Year, many of which are BRA Members: Rockies – Milosport – Congrats Ben and Cal! California – Surfside Sports Northwest – Snowboard Connection – congrats John and crew! Midwest – The House Mid Atlantic – Pitcrew Skateboard & Snowboard Shop Northeast – Eastern Boarder Southeast – Vertical Urge – congrats BRA Board Member Todd Canipe! South – Faith Skate Supply Congratulations goes out to our friends at Vans as well who were named Brand of the Year and Most Innovative POP. Kudos to Volcom Stone-Age for putting out the Best Specialty Store Specific Product...