The folks at Duluth Running Co. have a very busy night ahead of them.
After a regular day of business today at 1217 E. Superior Street, they are moving the whole store two blocks west to new digs at 1026 E. Superior St.
â€œWeâ€™ll close at six (p.m.) Friday and work through the night,â€ said store manager Tony Stensland. â€œLiterally, weâ€™re open here Friday and open there on Saturday.â€
The new space is 3,800-square feet, more than twice the size of the current store.
â€œWeâ€™ve outgrown our current location,â€ explained owner Clint Agar. â€œThereâ€™s not enough room in our warehouse area. Weâ€™ve grown a lot consistently every year. We just needed to make another jump.â€
The current store is tucked away in the extension of the Plaza Shopping Center on the upper side of Superior Street. The new spaceÂ is in a refurbished brick building on the lower side of Superior Street overlooking Leif Erikson Park and Lake Superior. Itâ€™s bright and inviting withÂ gray and blue walls, lots of big windows, bamboo floors, under a high ceiling of exposed piping, painted white for that trendy industrial look.
Agar calls it â€œindustrial chic.â€
Thereâ€™s lots of parking in the back, off London Road where thereâ€™s a back entrance to the store.
The business, which focuses on runnersâ€™ needs,Â is five years old. Agar said he’d been looking to move to a bigger site for about a year where he can offer customers more services and lines of products.
The soft opening Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m., precedesÂ the official grand opening celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the shop. That’s when the dignitaries show up for the ribbon-cutting, but the public is invited.