MARQUETTE — With Marquette being known as a place to recreate, play sports and enjoy the great outdoors, many often wondered why a major sporting goods store has not returned to the area since the closure of MC Sports in 2017.
Four years later, that void has finally been filled with the return of Dunham’s Sports. The chain celebrated its new Marquette Township location at the Westwood Mall with a grand opening on Friday morning.
It’s the 69th Dunham’s location in Michigan and the 240th in the United States. The Marquette Township location will bring up to 40 new full-time and part-time jobs to the community, officials said in a news release.
Dunham’s exited the area in 2015 with the closure of its Marquette Mall location. Now back, bigger and better than ever, surely, there’s something for everyone at the new store. Compared to the former location, the store will offer expanded footwear and apparel departments; a much larger hunt, fish, camp and water sports area; a broad selection of fitness equipment; an expanded selection of equipment for youth and adult team sports; a large golf department; a broad selection of indoor and outdoor games; go-karts and mini-bikes; work wear; denim; hydration; and much more, officials said. The store also features familiar brands such as Under Armour, Carhartt, Yeti, Hydro Flask, Levi’s and many more, officials said.
Michel Greenhoe, district manager and general manager of the Marquette Township location, said the area has been in need of a brick-and-mortar sporting goods store for quite some time.
“It’s huge,” she said. “This community has needed something like this, especially with how outdoorsy this area is.”
Greenhoe reiterated the fact that if you need it, Dunham’s likely has it.
“There is something for everyone,” she said. “Anything from a kayak to a bike to apparel to footwear, guns, ammunition, camping supplies, we have it.”
The store has specials running throughout the weekend. The first 75 customers to make a purchase Friday received a Dunham’s gift card ranging anywhere from $10 to $100. The first 50 customers to make a purchase today will receive a Dunham’s T-shirt, and the first 50 customers to make a purchase Sunday will receive a Dunham’s baseball cap.
Dunham’s Sports was founded in 1937 as Dunham’s Bait & Tackle and has grown to become the leading full-line sporting goods chain in secondary and tertiary markets in the U.S., officials said.
Dunham’s Sports in located at 3050 U.S. 41 West in Marquette Township and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.dunhamssports.com.