Dick’s Sporting Items opens new Public Lands outside retailer in Cranberry | Information | Pittsburgh
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Dick’s Sporting Goods has been supplying the Pittsburgh area with clubs, cleats, protective gear, and other sports equipment for decades. Since then, the chain has expanded nationwide, but is still based in Moon Township. And now the local retailer is expanding into a new area but still focusing on its roots.
Dick’s announced the grand opening of the first Public Land, its new outdoor specialty store concept. The site is slated to open on Sept. 24 in Cranberry and is described in a press release as “helping more people get outside to explore and protect America’s public lands.”
The company promises that Public Lands will have a “premium range” of outdoor and lifestyle clothing, shoes and equipment brands. The 50,000-square-foot store will also have on-site amenities such as a 9-meter-high cliff, equipment repair and rental department, and specialized shops for various outdoor activities such as biking, camping, fishing, hiking, and more.
Dick’s says Public Lands will also fulfill the company’s stated mission to “support the local outdoor community through conservation and access and equity initiatives.” On August 31, Dick’s announced the creation of the Public Lands Fund to “support local and national initiatives that protect new land, improve existing land, remove barriers to access to outdoor experiences, and improve inclusion and justice in the open air. As part of this, Dick’s plans to donate 1% of all gross Public Lands sales to support the fund.
The company announced two Pittsburgh partner organizations that would benefit from the fund, including the Allegheny Land Trust and Venture Outdoors. The Public Lands Fund will specifically support Venture Outdoors’ Youth Outdoor Learning Lab, which is described as connecting children to outdoor experiences by “providing physical and mental wellbeing, STEM and environmental education, and exploring the outdoor industry” .
“At Public Lands, our mission is to celebrate and protect public land for all,” said Public Lands President Todd Spaletto in a press release. “We want to do this in a meaningful way, and work with organizations that have already done an incredible job – and continue to do so – to ensure that our public lands and outdoor spaces are clean, preserved, and open to all.”
Spaletto added that in the future, Public Lands will work with its nonprofit partners to “support their missions and collaborate on programs that bring more people out into the great outdoors,” and take care of local, state and national parks and recreational areas. He says the Public Lands Pittsburgh store team has already volunteered a total of 224 hours with local nonprofit partners to restore, clean up, and develop new avenues in local Pittsburgh parks and estates.
The Public Lands Fund also benefits national environmental organizations and in Columbus, Ohio, where Dick’s will open a second Public Lands in October.
In addition to supporting nonprofits, Public Lands will also supply products made by a number of small businesses in Pittsburgh. Millvale shop Tupelo Honey Teas recently announced on Instagram that it has developed three tea blends that are exclusively sold in the Public Lands store. Tupelo even handed out samples of the teas during the store’s soft opening in August.
Public Lands is also currently hiring a number of positions in the cranberry store.
Opening weekend of Public Lands Cranberry. Fri. Sept. 24 Sun. Sept. 26, 1000 Cranberry Square Drive, Suite D. Cranberry. For free. dickssportinggoods.jobs/public-lands