Fleet Feet’s footprint continues to grow in Florida with the opening of its newest franchise in Port St. Lucie, marking the brand’s 11th location in the Sunshine State.
Owners Carolyn and Edgar Perkins already staged a soft opening, with a grand opening to be held in the summer at the store, located at 11586 S.W. Village Pkwy. in Port St. Lucie.
“Carolyn and Edgar have continued to positively impact Stuart’s running community, not just in the three years they’ve owned their store, but in the eight years and beyond that they’ve served as leaders within the community,” said John Moloznik, vice president of development for Fleet Feet. “It’s exciting to watch the Perkins’ Fleet Feet journey expand as they add an additional store to support their growing community of runners and walkers.”
An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, Edgar started working at Fleet Feet Stuart as a part-time employee. When he learned that the previous owners would be retiring after serving customers for 18 years, he enrolled in Fleet Feet’s Leadership Development Program. He and Carolyn operated the store, located at 2440 N.W. Federal Hwy., for five years before purchasing it from Fleet Feet Inc.
“I started working at Fleet Feet years ago simply because of my love of running. I never imagined my passion would become my profession,” said Edgar Perkins. “I’m so proud of the strong running community we support in Stuart and can’t wait to bring Fleet Feet’s unmatched services, expertise and experience to runners and walkers in Port St. Lucie.”
Fleet Feet Port St. Lucie will feature the brand’s exclusive personalized outfitting experience, fit id, which includes 3-D foot scanning that gives Fleet Feet the ability to offer individualized footwear solutions.
Fleet Feet first opened its doors in Sacramento, Calif., in 1976. What began as a running store quickly transformed into a hub for the running community.
Today, Fleet Feet’s network of community-based retail stores across the country show people how running can change their lives. The company’s continued growth is fueled by the brand’s innovation, including its exclusive, proprietary outfitting experience, fit id.
About Fleet Feet
Founded in 1976, Fleet Feet is the largest franchisor of locally owned and operated running specialty stores with more than 251 locations in 40 states and a national headquarters in Carrboro, N.C. Committed to offering personalized outfitting, robust training programs and rewards, community support and outreach, and 24/7 brand access at fleetfeet.com, each Fleet Feet location serves walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts based on the belief that “Running Changes Everything.”