We can all agree that “Mom and Pop” shops were the foundation of the Sneaker Community and while most small shops have closed across the U.S, there’s still a few that remain. However in Philadelphia, Nike has cut ties with the some of the last few independently owned shops like Real Mcoy Athletic Footwear, Top Shoes, Center City Shoes and Shoe Plus. Let us know why you think Nike is cutting ties with Mom and Pop shops. Check out the small interview after the Jump and give us your opinion.
In a recent Philly.com article they report that Nike is cutting ties with several local stores in the Philadelphia and Camden regions starting with three Real McCoy Athletic Footwear locations who store manager Keith Sherman, stated Nike products account for 75 to 80 percent of his store’s sales. Also effected by this are “mom and pops” stores like Top Shoes, Center City Sports and Shoe Plus. As for now no word on why Nike has terminated these stores contracts. Some of the on going troubles many sneaker fans face in getting limited products from retailers include jacking up prices, making “back door sales”, stores eBay’ing goods, selling before release dates or selling limited products to their friends just to name a few of the many problems that occur all to often with limited releases. With that being said Nike has some problems of their own which need immediate addressing such as their online release system and the war against bots which leave many empty handed. Check the clippings from the article below and let us know what you think?
“We had scheduled a meeting at the Nike Headquarters in Portland, Oregon with our sales rep,” Sherman said. “And that meeting was canceled that day — they wouldn’t even see us,” he added. The account termination email arrived in store owner William Chung’s inbox shortly after the canceled meeting in Portland. The notice listed “no reasons whatsoever” as to why Nike was severing ties with the shop. Sherman says Real McCoy Athletic Footwear has been doing “good business” with Nike for over 23 years.
Nike said in a statement released to CBS3:
“Nike is constantly evaluating its distribution needs with a view to enhancing its brand. This includes adapting our distribution strategy to the changes in our consumers’ purchasing behavior, the retail landscape, and our brand strategy.”
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Why do You think Nike’s cutting ties with Small Businesses?