Bob Shay, co-owner of Surefoot, said the idea to buy the stores had long been in the works.
As a runner himself with Surefoot
stores located in New York City and Los Angeles, Shay
was familiar with both companies before the purchase.
Over the last year, Shay
spoke with the company owners, corralling them into an agreement.
"We are the largest maker of orthotics in the U.S.," Shay
"We sell 1,000 or more pairs in a year and some of the biggest sports names come to us, including Lance Armstrong.
We had over 70 PGA Tour players use our products, and a number of professional baseball and basketball players.
And lots of runners."
While Shay plans to keep the FrontRunners
and Super Runners
names intact, each location will feature Surefoot
customization technology, scanners that help identify the best shoe for each customer.
said the company will continue to expand under all three names, growing the company to more than 400 employees.
But the expansions will impact Park City the most.
The headquarters for Super Runners Shops and FrontRunners
will be relocated to Park City, bringing more jobs into the area.
"My brother and I own Surefoot
said, "and while it's fun to come to cities and have stores in these areas with more than 20 million people, we still came from a town of 20,000 people.
"These stores are big businesses," Shay