A business owner in Columbia County said come April, she won’t be allowed to stock her shelves with new Nike products.
Kerri Troiani has owned Harry’s Sporting Goods in Berwick for about three years.
She’s used to competing with the big box stores and the internet, but now her hometown business is taking another blow — Nike is closing her account.
A few weeks ago, without warning, Nike sent Troiani an email, saying Harry’s Sporting Goods “no longer aligns with their distribution strategy”.
She believes that’s a fancy way of saying her shop is too small for the multi-billion dollar company.
“It’s terrible,” said Troiani. “In the world, we live in, I really believe small businesses are something people should support!”
Troiani said she tried calling and emailing her contacts at Nike asking them to keep her account open, but didn’t get a response.
“I know there’s zero chance of that, so I hope to sell the Nike I have and then expand to other brands,” Troiani said.
A customer buying a new pair of Nike sneakers said he would still continue to come here despite Nike closing the store’s account.
“Oh of course!” said customer Carlos Ortiz. “Especially with the prices they have!”
Troiana hopes more people will share that same attitude, so Harry’s Sporting Goods can continue to grow, with or without Nike.