Tri States Public Radio Staff
In Competitor Magazine's Top 50 Running STores
Thu October 24, 2013
Galesburg Store Finishes in Top 50 Nationwide
A store in Galesburg is being honored for being one of the best of its kind in the country.
Nick Pigg started Go Outside and Play Running Company with his wife Tracy in 2010.
The business was just named as one of the top 50 running stores in the country by Competitor Magazine.
Pigg said they moved to Galesburg in 2008 from Kansas City not to start their own business, but for a job opportunity.
"We got here and that job wasn't what we hoped but we really liked the area," Pigg said.
He said that he had been an avid runner for some time and they both noticed that Galesburg didn't have a place for runners or for people wanting a good pair of walking shoes to get a good fit.
"We thought we'd give it a shot, it was a leap of faith, and it worked out great," he said.
Pigg said to be eligible for the award the business had to be nominated by customers and he says customer service is one of the reasons why the store has been so successful.
Go Outside and Play currently has four employees, three full time and one part time.
Pigg said he has no immediate expansion plans. He did mention that they had already moved to a bigger space once since they opened in 2010 and says roughly half the customers they see daily are new.