Aug 07 2019

Monthly Retailer Digest: July

July might have been the hottest month on record, but here are some cool, cool retailers to take your mind off the heat

By Tom Whelan   Retailer Activation Manager

Ace Hardware

It's hot, we know, which is why you're probably scrambling to find your favorite YETI cooler available near you. Well, look no further because Ace Hardware just added their YETI inventory to for thousands of locations across the United States.

Founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, Ace changed the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money and buy at the lowest possible price. This partnership enabled even the smaller stores to compete effectively at retail despite larger stores in their market. And to this very day, Ace Hardware Corporation is still owned solely and exclusively by the local Ace retail entrepreneurs.

Ace Hardware has over 5,000 stores around the world with the majority of those stores independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. They are small business owners who are local and loyal...just like it ought to be. While others have become large and impersonal, Ace has remained small and very personal. Head over to and check out their store locator to find an Ace Hardware near you. Or, pick your favorite cooler to find a stocking dealer near you. Learn more.


Vail Resorts

A big, Locally welcome to Vail Resorts, the company behind some of the nation's best outdoor specialty retailers. Vail joined Locally in early July with the goal of maintaining the vision they had when the company started in 1994 - be the best specialty sports store in each of their markets.

If skiing, cycling, golfing, or fly fishing can be listed among your passions, there’s a good chance you’ve visited a Vail Resorts Retail shop at some point along your journey. But, you’d probably never know it. Despite having over 180+ locations in the country’s premier outdoor destinations, you won’t find yourself in a sterile, cookie-cutter, big box store. In fact, all Vail stores have a different look and feel, a customized product selection based on geographic location, and a unique staff of local pros who provide the expertise and customer service that they're known for. Learn more.

Running Room

We're happy to announce that North America's largest chain of specialty running stores, Running Room, is the latest and greatest specialty run store to join the Locally ranks.

The Running Room is proudly a family-owned company. It originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. New to the sport of running, John had a thirst for knowledge as well as a desire to buy the right product. This entrepreneurial retailer decided to fill a niche in the marketplace by opening a small one-room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room." The concept was highly successful, and the stores have since expanded to over 100 locations across Canada and the United States.

Running Room's reputation has been built upon product innovation, quality, and knowledge of the sport of running. Running Room's unique private label assortment was developed to provide customers with the best in style, functionality, and fabric innovations at a reasonable price. The Running Room is truly a store for runners by runners. All team members are runners whose philosophy is that if you're out there running on the same roads as the customers, you can better relate to them. Learn more

Road Runner Sports

Road Runner Sports is now part of an exclusive club of retailers who implement Locally's premium tools on their site.

Since 1983, Road Runner Sports has grown from selling running shoes out of a small garage to over 40 locations across America today. After 35 years, they're still run by family and proud of it! Today, they're just as committed as they were back then to fitting runners, walkers, and gym goers in your perfect fitting shoes.

They have locations in your hometown in these states: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Head to and search your favorite products to find them in-stock near you. Learn more. image

Game 7 Athletics

Founded in 2007, Game 7 Athletics is a fast growing Italian sporting goods retailer with over 40 locations across Italy.

The Game 7 Athletics brand takes inspiration from the Championship series of many major professional sports in America, such as, the MLB, NBA, and NHL. Most times it is exactly during Game 7 of the series that legends are born. The Game 7 brand is the #1 destination for all athletes and sport enthusiasts in the categories of sport performance, sport style and sport fashion. Through a contemporary assortment of footwear, apparel, and accessories, Game 7 strives to unify the world of performance sports with that of sports lifestyle within a vibrant retail environment. Learn more..


两 There's an old Chinese phrase, "good things come in pairs," and that's certainly true with Italian retailers. We're happy to welcome our second Italian retailer of the month on board.

Sportler AG is a traditional family business with 22 sports stores in Italy and Austria. Their unique stores feature specialized sporting goods products with a focus on cycling and running in addition to outdoor/alpine sports. Learn more.

Photo by Ron Cogswell via Flickr "'For Dad' -- ACE Hardware Store Kayenta (AZ) August 2013" [2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0 (] Unchanged.

About Tom Whelan

A recent Loyola New Orleans graduate, Tom's love for the outdoors and economics drew him to Locally where he analyzed the impact of inventory sharing on consumer click behavior across the platform. He now manages retailer recruitment and activation.   View all posts by Tom

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