There are lots of great running stores in the U.S. These are the best of the best.
The Franklin Resource Group, the leading retail merchandise company in the sports industry, sent their secret-shopper reviewers to visit running retailers around the country and rate them based on 20 criteria including environment, fitting and checkout. The stores were also rated on community service, and vendors were asked to evaluate them based on brand building and credit worthiness. The votes have been tabulated.
18 locations in New York City; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia
Greater Boston Running Company
3 locations in Boston metro area
Gubbins Running Ahead
4 locations in East Hampton and Southampton, N.Y.
Haddonfield Running Company
3 locations in South Jersey, N.J.
3 locations in New York metro area
6 locations in Boston metro area
Maine Running Company
2 locations in Portland metro area
Medved Running & Walking Outfitters
3400 Monroe Ave.
Pacers Running Stores
6 locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Potomac River Running
8 locations in Virginia and Maryland
A Running Start
705 Penn Ave.
West Reading, Pa.
Second Sole Cranberry
667 Castle Creek Dr.
Seven Fields, Pa.
Whirlaway Sports Center
500 Merrimac St.