By Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal
Sports Basement, a Bay Area sporting goods retailer, is slated to take over the building in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center now occupied by Macy’s Furniture Store, which plans to move into Macy’s in Terra Linda.
“We, Sports Basement, have been trying to find a location in Marin County for a long time, and just never found the right location, the right circumstances,” said David Rumberg, a partner with Sports Basement. “We’re super excited that something materialized and it was at the Vintage Oaks center.”
The move into the 50,000-square-foot space is slated next year, with an opening by fall 2018.
Macy’s Furniture — which has been at the 100 Vintage Way site for 23 years — plans to move into the third floor of Macy’s department store in the Northgate mall after its lease at Vintage Oaks expires at the end of January 2018, said Kathy DeOchoa, portfolio director with Crosspoint Realty Services, a San Francisco-based management company serving Vintage Oaks.
”Macy’s has been a wonderful tenant,” DeOchoa said. “We wish them the best of luck in their new location.” A Macy’s spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Sports Basement, founded in 1998, has two stores in San Francisco including at the Presidio and in Berkeley, Campbell, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale and Walnut Creek.
The company offers sporting items at what Rumberg called “basement” prices. It rents bikes, camping gear, wetsuits, skiing and snowboard equipment and snow apparel.
The store also offers yoga and other fitness courses, bike classes and group rides and speaker events. The company, with its own wood and metal shop, crafts the signs, racks, fixtures and displays throughout its stores.
The move follows the July 2016 closure of Sports Authority at Vintage Oaks. The shutdown was part of the sports retailer’s closure of its 463 stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico after filing for bankruptcy. Nordstrom Rack opened earlier this year in the former Sports Authority space near Costco.
Rumberg said Sports Basement’s Presidio store is popular among Marin residents, and noted the business donates some proceeds to local nonprofits and organizations.
“We think folks in Marin will be happy to have us,” Rumberg said.