Wednesday, July 9, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Sporting Goods Store
Whether you're headed to the field, the forest, or the fishing hole, chances are you're going to need the right equipment. Tonight, we're catching up with the area's Best Sporting Goods Stores.
(WSVN) -- Whether you wear it,
Or dare to try it.
If you want to settle the score on style, we know just where to go from start to finish.
"If it's not here, I donít know where youíd find it."
But you'll find plenty of orange and green at Our Viewers' Third Choice - All Sports in Coral Gables.
"Half the clothes I wear are orange and green, and I'm constantly being kidded about it."
There's no kidding when it comes to Hurricane Hysteria.
From nicknacks, to the newest apparel, if it's not here, it's not being sold.
"It's definitely by far the best selection anywhere for University of Miami merchandise."
So good, some customers will even make an extra special trip.
"Its the only place where Iím not a minority because I live in Texas and there are very few Hurricane fans that live in Texas."
And as long as the 'Canes keep winning, business keeps booming.
"The big games and the successful runs create a lot of atmosphere for us in the store."
"Over here is water sports, anything from tubing to snorkeling."
"Camol clothing here, completely outfit you for any hunting trip."
And no trip would be complete without a stop over at Our Viewers Second Pick - Bass Pro Shops in Dania.
"It's just a great place. It has everything you need. I mean you have guns, you have boats, fishing supplies, you have everything."
Everything you would want and need.
Some customers even call this place the store for big boy toys.
"I've never seen a store with so much variety. So many different things."
"People have their passions. Some are just hunters or just fishermen. Some are campers or just pleasure boaters. Basically, we have an area for each to them to satisfy their passion."
And with every passion comes practice so when you find the right fit, why not try it out?
"It's nice. It's the only one around that's big like this."
And it's the only one that offers the great outdoors without ever going outside.
"The place is magnificent with the fish and the pictures. It's attractive."
When it comes to sports you know, or sports you'd like to know better, our Viewers say there's only one place to go.
"This is the hottest racket out now."
"How about a pair of skates."
"It's fishing season and you've got to have this."
All right there you go, it's customer service and that's why Our Viewers say Sports Authority is Number One.
"She actually helped me a lot on the floor. If I said I didn't have the right sizes she was able to get them for me. But I love it, I came from California just to shop here."
"We try to find out what they are looking for, try to present them with the goods but the biggest thing to just trying to make them happy by the time they leave the store."
But what really makes customers happy is finding an expert down every aisle.
"I was looking for basketball shoes the other day and I couldn't find them on the internet so I came here and I found them."
And here's something else you won't find on the internet.
At the sports authority, you don't just get to buy, you get to play.
"We try to build a bond with our customers."
"So basically, I'm here all the time. They know me by name."
And they know the only way to stay on top is to stay with the right game plan.
"It seems like every three months they're growing bigger and bigger."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
5831 Ponce De Leon blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl
Bass Pro Shop
200 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL
18499 Biscayne Blvd.