A new store has opened in Sconset Square. You can drive to its grand opening tomorrow.
Better yet, you can run.
Fleet Feet is family owned and operated — part of a network of specialty running, walking and fitness stores across the country. Owners Dave and Lynn Wright have been (duh) runners for decades. She is recreational; he’s more competitive, running every distance up to marathons (including Boston, New York and Chicago).
They have 2 grown children, and 4 grandchildren — some of whom already run.
Dave worked in retail technology his entire career. After earning his MBA 5 years ago, he began looking for his own business. Everyone always says “do what you love,” so…
From their base in western Massachusetts, they began exploring options. Fleet Feet — which had a store in Longmeadow, where they lived — seemed like a perfect fit.
Two years ago the Wrights began looking for markets in this area with a similar feel to Longmeadow.
But the place had to be more than a good business location. It had to feel like home.
“No cookie-cutter shopping centers,” Dave says. “We wanted a place that felt local and connected to the community.”
After spending a day at Compo Beach in August, they rode their bikes around town. Then they walked Main Street.
Till then, they’d only driven through here, on I-95 or the Merritt. Suddenly, Westport was on their short list.
The small, funky shopping center was just starting a face-lift project. It was affordable, and large enough for the Wrights’ plans.
They loved the landlord. The lease negotiation was short and easy.
Four months later, they opened. Runners have embraced them — even during the coldest days of winter.
“We are excited to see how many people we can help through walking, running and living a healthy lifestyle,” Wright says.
Tomorrow’s grand opening “runs” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s music, and a fun run/walk (3- or 5-mile routes) at 9 a.m.
Check out the running footwear, apparel and accessories. Learn about injury prevention products, and walk/run programs for every ability.
Oh, yeah: Jr. Deli’s food truck will be there. Whether you’ve run a few miles or driven over, there will be plenty to eat.