Easy Runner Legacy Continues

Little Rock's Easy Runner Sold to Fleet Feet, Inc

Company Plans to Continue Legacy of Gary Smith

LITTLE ROCK, ARK - (February 13, 2013)  Gary Smith, owner of Easy Runner in Little Rock, has sold the store to Fleet Feet, Incorporate, the nation’s leading franchisor of running specialty stores. The formal acquisition took place today.

Gary Smith has been serving the Little Rock running community since 1976 when he opened the first running store in the state of Arkansas. He opened Easy Runner in 1996 and has established a reputation for superior service, knowledge and dedication. He also founded the Firecracker Fast 5k, which has become a Little Rock 4th of July tradition.

“It has been my good fortune to have grown a business as the sport of running grew,” said Smith. “I have had an amazing group of employees, and we have been passionate about helping our customers achieve their goals."

Noelle and Sean Coughlan, long-time Fleet Feet Sports employees, will become the operating partners of the store. Owning a store has been a lifelong dream of the couple who bring more than ten years of experience in the specialty industry. 

“It is a privilege to continue the amazing legacy of Gary Smith," said Jeff Phillips, CEO of Fleet Feet, Incorporated. "Gary has been a fixture in the Little Rock running community for decades and we will do our best to honor him by continuing to provide a health and wellness resource to the community and an amazing experience for the customer."

About Fleet Feet, Incorporated

Fleet Feet, Incorporated is the industry leader in franchising successful, community-oriented, specialty stores serving runners, walkers and lifetime fitness enthusiasts.  Currently there are 99 Fleet Feet Sports locations nationwide.  Fleet Feet, Incorporated offers support for existing and potential franchises out of its corporate headquarters in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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