Garry Gribble sells KC running stores to Denver company

Garry Gribble, who opened the first Garry Gribble’s Running Sports store 30 years ago, has sold his chain of Kansas City-area running stores to the Denver-based Running Specialty Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gribble’s five area stores, which employ about 70 people, will continue to operate under the Gribble name, the new owners said. Running Specialty Group, which is owned by Finish Line Inc., has 64 specialty running stores in 15 states and Washington, D.C. It has undergone swift expansion in recent years by acquiring companies such as Gribble’s.

Gribble, 75, won’t have a formal role with the company moving forward but will serve as a resource for the new owners. “I feel good about handing the stores off,” he said. “It’s the time to move on.”

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