Runnings, which sells hunting and fishing products from more than 30 general merchandise stores in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana, is expanding to New York this fall.


The plans mark the first major, regional expansion in the company's 67-year history. The new locations will open this September in Canandaigua, Rome and Gloversville, New York. Each store will hire roughly 80 workers.

“We explored several places to introduce a new region to Runnings, and we found upstate New York has tremendous communities for our unique retail development and friendly, hometown service,” said Runnings CEO Dan Herrmann. “We don't just open stores; we want to be a part of the community, creating jobs, increasing the tax base and providing top quality brands with great products families use every day.”

Runnings purchased existing, vacant retail space in each community and will use local contractors to develop the new stores for the Runnings experience. The three new locations will use a total of 300,000 square feet of retail space to serve the needs of thousands of new customers each year.

Details on the grand opening events for each Runnings store location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Runnings stores stock more than 100,000 items. In addition to clothing, footwear, pet supplies, house wares, tools, farm supplies, lawn & garden supplies, toys, and outdoor equipment Runnings sells guns and carries a large inventory of hunting, fishing and archery equipment and accessories.

Founded in 1947, Runnings is a private, family-owned business by the Dennis and Adele Reed Family. The company currently has 34 stores and employs more than 1,500 workers across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, with new locations set to open in September 2014 in Upstate New York.