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Yucaipa’s Big 5 gets official ribbon cutting

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Big 5 Sporting Goods has taken Yucaipa by storm.

The sporting goods store opened on Wednesday, Nov. 22, just two days before the rage of black Friday.

“Wednesday Nov. 22 was the store’s soft opening. Black Friday was the official opening. As a retailer you can’t top Black Friday. Generally, prior to a store opening, we’d host a grand opening during our soft opening, but we opened into the holiday season,” said Rick Gridley, Big 5 Sporting Goods Director of Public Affairs.

Gridley said the city of Yucaipa had called asking him about hosting a grand opening. Shortly after opening, he thought that since the store’s opening came and went, that a grand opening wouldn’t happen.

“The city’s been so involved with Big 5 Sporting Goods. Ellen from the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce has been so helpful,” continued Gridley.

Yucaipa’s Mayor Greg Bogh was also at the festivities, where he jumped on the mic and gave a few insightful words on how beneficial a sporting goods store is for our community.

“I’m excited that we no longer have to drive to any nearby city to purchase our sporting goods. We have it all here in our town,” said Bogh.

According to Gridley, the stores reception within the Yucaipa community has been tremendous.

“We had to do this ribbon cutting because we’re doing so well. Thank you to the Yucaipa community for embracing our store, your support has been amazing,” continued Gridley.

The store’s manager Ray Buciaga also said a few words at the grand opening, “We’re very happy to be here in Yucaipa and I appreciate all of you for coming down to make today's event a success.”

The Yucaipa location marked Big 5 Sporting Goods 433 store opening.

“Customer service is our number one priority. We’re servicing customers already familiar with Big 5’s high quality brand and value,” concluded Gridley.

Free gift bags, Subway, chips and drinks were given to attendees and an opportunity drawing was held at the end of the festivities; making dozens of attendees big winners.

“We’re excited be part of this community, we’re here for families, schools, leagues, and everyone,” said Melissa Holland, Big 5 Sporting Goods marketing manager. “We offer quality customer service, if you need it, we have it. If we don’t have it in store, we’ll locate it. We always provide big savings and we have deep discounts.”

Holland said they’ve expanded their product lines over the years and now Big 5 Sporting Goods has bigger brands available for youth, adults and everyone in between.

The store offer’s annual and day adventure passes to state and regional parks; and even fishing licenses.

According to its website, it also provides a full product line offering a traditional sporting goods store format. Its product mix includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, winter and summer recreation and roller sports.

Big 5 Sporting Goods is open seven days a week. Monday -Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The store is located at 34579 Yucaipa Blvd.

For additional information, visit online at big5sportinggoods.com or call 790-5682.

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