One of the world's leading sportswear retailers, Eastern Mountain Sports offers top quality gear from such brands as Merrell and North Face, as well as its own, less expensive line. The company was a subsidiary of the American Retail Group until September 2004, when it was acquired by the EMS Management Group.
A widely recognized leader in producing sportswear clothing, Eastern Mountain Sports was established in 1962 in Massachusetts by two rock climbers, who introduced a new kind of climbing gear that could compete with that of existing stores. The company is headed by Will Manzer, and it has refocused toward being a specialty outdoors retailer.
Basic innovations included the introduction of a new logo, as well as the reorganization of all the company's stores.
Focused in malls in the recent past, Eastern Mountain Sports moved slowly towards self-standing stores. From the very first day of its foundation, the company has strived to provide world-class customer service and high quality gear and accessories so that you can enjoy the outdoor to the utmost.
Operating more than 400 stores in 45 US states under such brand names as Gart Sports, the Sports Authority, Oshman's, and Sportsman, the Sports Authority is the third largest sporting goods retailer in the United States, behind Dick's Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart. As of 2005, the company's total sales were nearly $2.5 billion. The Sports Authority's websites, located at Gartsports.com, Oshmans.com, Thesportsauthority.com, and Sportsmart.com, are operated by GSI Commerce Inc.
Located in Freeport, Maine, L.L. Bean is a retail company specializing in sportswear, clothing, and equipment. The origins of the company can be traced back to 1911, when it was founded by Leon Bean, an avid fisherman and hunter who had designed waterproof boots for hunters. Since its foundation, L.L. Bean has expanded to offer a number of product variations beyond boots, including tents and backpacks, as well as launching a full line of clothing.
In 2000, the company became an official outfitter of Subaru, with a number of Subaru vehicles featuring L.L. Bean latter models. In addition to a variety of outlet stores, L.L. Bean maintains its flagship store in Freeport, initiated in 1917, and has been open 24-hours-a-day since 1951. Today, the company is recognized by many as a reliable source for top quality sportswear clothing, outdoor equipment, and helpful pieces of advice.
Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Scheels All Sports is a sporting goods retailer, located in seven Midwest states. The first store of the company was opened in 1902 in Sabin, Minnesota, originally selling hardware products. It wasn't until 1954 that Scheels All Sports introduced sporting goods to its stores. Along with its current sportswear stores in the Midwestern part of the United States, the company has announced its plans to open a larger store in Sparks, Nevada.