Fleet Feet, Inc.'s revenues reached more than $96 million in sales in 2009 on a 10% comp store gain. The results were released an awards dinner on Tuesday at the franchisor's annual Winter Franchise Conference in New Orleans.
Fleet Feet, Inc. President Jeff Phillips commented, “In a year of tough financial challenges for the entire world, we've worked hard focusing on what's best for our customers and the things we can control. The result has been twelve months of healthy growth and development for our customers and our business.”
Balega International, a sock manufacturer, presented its fifth InDuna Award to Arlene and Charles Woodruff, owners of Fleet Feet Sports in Albany. The InDuna Award is presented annually by Balega in recognition of a Fleet Feet Sports store that has made substantial contributions to its local community.
“Today, a lot of lip service is paid to community service, but it's rare to find a couple for whom it's a way of life,” said Balega General Manager Chris Bevin. “Charles and Arlene have spent a lifetime devoted to making their community a better place to live, with a focus on encouraging young people to live active lifestyles. Fleet Feet Sports is only their latest platform.”
Franchisees from 30 states attended workshops at the conference on staff development created exclusively for Fleet Feet Sports and participated in roundtable discussions focused on financial and inventory management. Store employees also participated in sessions that centered on subjects key to staff performance. A trade show featuring 26 key vendors rounded out the conference.