Georgia Game Changers Running Company got its start in Richmond Hill.
Now it’s set to open its second location at 9 a.m. Saturday at 221W. Broughton St., Savannah, under Urban Outfitters.
The run specialty store, opened in Richmond Hill in 2012, has expanded within the last year from its original 1,600 square foot to a 6,000 square foot store on a 5-acre health and fitness complex last June. The Richmond Hill complex features a bike and multi-sport store, a physical therapy clinic, a karate studio and a personal training facility is set to open this month.
The Savannah store will feature the same shoe-fit process and customer service for which Game Changers Richmond Hill is known.
The company was recently recognized industry-wide as one of the 50 best running stores in the United States. A selection process, sponsored by Competitor Magazine found Game Changers to excel in multiple categories, from among the 16,000 nominations submitted.
The Savannah opening will start with an all-levels run across the Talmadge Bridge at 7 a.m., followed by the grand opening at 9. Walkers are welcome as well.
The day will feature the introduction of some new items that the owners say have never been seen in the Southeast before and discounts on various products, as well as the opportunity to try out demo shoes on the streets of Savannah.
The decision to expand into Savannah from Richmond Hill, was a strategic one, owners Ron and Sandra Elliott said.
“Loyal Game Changers fans from the Savannah area have been asking for a second store for the past year, and we decided to finally make the jump last September,” Ron Elliott said.
He said, “After finding the perfect location, under Urban Outfitters and sharing a wall with Ordinary Pub, our manager and now part-owner, Phillip Howe, along with some of the Game Changers current staff, have worked countless hours to do the build-out of the store themselves.”
Howe said renovation has been a painstaking process, requiring hours of paint-scraping and renovation, but that he believes both current Game Changers fans and those yet to discover the store, will be drawn to its layout.
Sandra Elliott said she hopes the store will have an impact on not only the running community, but also on Savannah as a whole, as she hopes to bring the passion for the store’s mission of finding those who are looking to “make a comeback.”
She said, “We hope the Savannah community will embrace the new store and its natural running philosophy.”
Contact the owners for additional information at 912-445-2163, or email@example.com.