Ski Haus has opened its third store in Framingham, MA, with the acquisition of Summit Ski and Snowboard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ski Haus is owned by the Pilla family; its other locations are in Salem, NH, and Burlington, MA. Summit, owned by Teddy Schiavoni, has served the Framingham community since 1998.
After discussions with Schiavoni, Skis Haus owners the Pillas knew it was time to take the leap. They fell in love with the Framingham community, including the store layout and its employees and customer base.
“Teddy was one of our first hires,” said Ski Haus President Wayne Pilla. “We were sad to see him move on but not at all surprised he would take a tiny basement storefront and turn it into one of the premier ski shops in New England.”
VP Steve Pilla added, “It’s interesting to see that while both Ski Haus and Summit adapted each of our local businesses to thrive in modern times, some differences developed. What’s truly exciting is knowing that exploring those differences is what will help us continue to meet all our customers’ needs and create even better places to shop.”
Added Schiavoni: “It’s funny how it’s come full circle. Ski Haus and the Pillas gave me my start at 15 years old. The confidence they showed allowed me to rise to Store Manager and eventually open a shop of my own. It’s even more surreal that the Pillas are our buyers.”
Both Ski Haus and Summit have won numerous awards, sharing titles such as Snowsports Industries of America’s Retailer of the Year award and New England Ski and Snowboard Rep Association’s Ski Shop and Snowboard Shops of the Year.
Ski Haus is sponsoring a free grand opening on Friday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m.