Big 5 started as an army surplus store in the 1950s, but the name has become synonymous with sporting goods and apparel in the Western United States.
The Tri-Cities is no different. Local Big 5 district manager David Chaney said the store focuses on value, selection, service and convenience.
“I think what sets us apart is value,” Chaney said. “We’re a value-driven store, but we also carry selection. You can come in and get a $19.99 hiking boot, but you can also get a nice Nike or Adidas.”
From running shoes to golf bags, Big 5 Sporting Goods has equipment and apparel covered. Store categories include footwear, apparel, fitness, outdoors, golf, rackets, fishing and hunting supplies.
The formula must be working: Big 5 Sporting Goods opened in Kennewick in 1994 and expanded into Richland in 2002. The chain has 436 locations in 11 states.
Having two local stores boosts the convenience and selection Big 5 can offer Tri-City residents, Chaney said. Store staff has years of experience and a low turnover rate. Chaney has been with the company for 23 years.
“We’re very grateful to our customers for voting for us,” he said. “We just thank our customers, and we look forward to working for you for years to come.”