Fleet Feet Sports Tucson Honored as One of the 50 Best Running Stores in America

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FLEET FEET SPORTS TUCSON HONORED AS ONE OF THE 50 BEST RUNNING STORES IN AMERICA

Local specialty running retailer recognized as one of the country’s best atceremony at The Running Event in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Tex. (Jan. 8, 2013) – Fleet Feet Sports Tucson, a local specialty running retailer located at 7301 E. Tanque Verde, was recently recognized as one of The 50 Best Running Stores in America® for the seventh straight year by two leading trade and consumer publications Running Insight and Competitor Magazine.

Fleet Feet Sports Tucson once again took its place among the country’s elite retailers following an extensive nomination and review process that rated the store on its service, product knowledge, merchandising and its community service.

Fleet Feet Sport Tucson, owned and managed by Pete and Jeanne Snell, opened in 2004. The business specializes in fitting its customers in the shoes, clothing and accessories that best fit their individual biomechanics and application. Customer service is unparalleled, with the store maintaining a 95% satisfaction rating via customer surveys on Listen360. Through its training groups, Fleet Feet Sports also has guided hundreds of Tucsonans of all ages and athletic abilities to finish their first 5K or multiple marathons.

“Specialty retailers are the heart and soul of the running business and it was a pleasure and privilege to recognize these stores for their excellence in customer service and community support,” said Mark Sullivan, editor of Running Insight, a Formula 4 Media publication. “The 50 Best Running Stores in America represent the best that the running business has to offer in terms of customer satisfaction and superior retailing.”

“Running stores are so critical to the growth of the sport and the business and deserve to be recognized for all they do,” said Doug Kaplan, Senior Vice President at Competitor Group. Supporting this program is one of the most important initiatives we do all year. Run specialty stores’ role in expanding running participation is good for everyone involved in the running business, not to mention the benefits it has on America’s health."

The process of compiling a list of the top 50 running shops in the country began early in 2012 when Formula 4 Media, with the help of Competitor Magazine, began to collect and evaluate nominations from runners, soliciting feedback from consumers on their favorite running stores. More than 150 stores received nominations. A panel of industry experts from Franklin Resource Group mystery shop nominated stores to evaluate on 20 different aspects of retailing, including product knowledge, environment and community involvement.

A special report on The 50 Best Running Stores in America appears in the December issue of Competitor Magazine.

For more information on The Running Event or The 50 Best Running Stores in America Awards, contact Mark Sullivan at 646-319-7878 or msullivan@formula4media.com. For more information about the Competitor Group, visit www.competitor.com, or contact Doug Kaplan at 312-421-1551 or dkaplan@competitorgroup.com.

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