Why Fleet Feet?

When you've been around since 1976, many people ask, "What makes you tick?" For Fleet Feet, the answer lies resoundingly with our dedication to local ownership.

We know the "secret sauce" comes from finding and supporting the right owners to open a Fleet Feet. Owning your own business is tough work; owning your own business that also simultaneously builds and sustains a local running community requires leaders lit from within by passion and a desire to truly change lives. 

Our 50-person Store Support Team in Carrboro, N.C. exists to help those business owners, who run over 170 locally owned and operated locations and counting in 38 states, become better and more efficient at what they do. You won't find a group of people more committed to helping local owners help local running communities than you will at Fleet Feet.

If you have a desire to become a part of something that truly changes lives, then we want to meet you. 

Owning a Fleet Feet franchise has allowed me to help the people in my community become more healthy and active. I work for myself, do something I’m extremely passionate about, and change people’s lives.

Christi Beth Adams
Nashville, TN

Meet our Owners and Operators

“So much of what my staff does every day changes people’s lives, and that creates an irreplaceable connection with people and the community.”

Brandon and Kimberly Frank

Meridian, ID

Owner Since 2015

Previous Occupation: Brandon worked in New Balance retail stores and owned a children’s soccer school. Kimberly is currently a nurse.

“Owning a Fleet Feet has allowed us to make an impact in our community in a very tangible and meaningful way, and that continues to drive us 365 days a year.”

Ed and Ellen Griffin

Syracuse, NY

Owner Since 2000

Previous Occupation: Ed was a National Sales Manager in the cable TV industry. Ellen was a financial consultant.

“The Fleet Feet team has been incredible.  From site discovery, to build out, to tools and programs, they’ve given us everything we’ve needed to succeed. ”

Paul, Shawn, and Cathy Rogers

Myrtle Beach, SC

Owner Since 2016

Previous Occupation: Paul was in the military for 8 years and then in sales management. Cathy was a teacher. Their son Shawn worked in retail.

“The support I receive from Fleet Feet, and the wealth of knowledge provided by owners across the country, allows me to own my own business (three stores!) and manage a balanced family life. What a tremendous blessing!”

Christi Beth Adams

Nashville, TN

Owner Since 2001

Previous Occupation: Christi Beth was a Fleet Feet manager.

“Owning a Fleet Feet has provided me with the gratifying opportunity to create a vibrant and enriching workplace for my employees to grow and develop. ”

Bob Shooer

Pittsburgh, PA

Owner Since 2007

Previous Occupation: Bob managed high end department stores.

“Owning a running store, much like running itself, is a journey. Sometimes you’re forging a new, untamed path; sometimes you’re following along a road paved by other people before you. Fleet Feet ensures you’re outfitted with the tools and support you need to move ahead on both paths.”

Brett and Kim Lamb

San Francisco, CA

Owner Since 2006

Previous Occupation: Brett worked in and managed multiple running specialty retail stores. Kim was a mortgage loan officer assistant.

“Through Fleet Feet, I have become a force in our community to help people discover pathways to healthy and active lifestyles.”

Jeff Henderson

Columbus, OH

General Manager since 2008

Previous Occupation: Jeff was an elementary school teacher.

“When you do what you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. I haven't worked a day since I became the owner of Fleet Feet Hartford on June 8, 2008.”

Stephanie and Carrie Blozy

Hartford, CT

Owner Since 2008

Previous Occupation: Stephanie was a meteorologist. Her sister Carrie worked as a CPA.

“Owning a Fleet Feet store allows me to combine my passion for wellness and my community into a career.”

Vinny and Kerri Marchionni

Laguna Niguel, CA

Owner Since 2016

Previous Occupation: Vinny is currently a plant manager. Kerri was a yoga instructor.

“Fleet Feet is built with individuals whose passion, talents, and hard work are all directed at achieving excellence. Being a part of this team allows us to pursue unlimited potential to grow our own business within this shared goal. With Fleet Feet, the autonomy of owning your own business does not mean facing challenges alone. There are 100 other owners to seek support from, and an entire support team willing help.”

John Long and Eric Bartos

John - Minneapolis, MN / Eric - Orlando, FL

John converted his store in 2014; Eric has been an owner since 2007.

Previous Occupation: John has owned multiple running specialty stores and Eric was in real estate.

“Fleet Feet has given us a platform to give back. I’m not sure there is another profession that could combine all of our passions with our livelihood. Our three daughters are proud of what we do and love to be involved.”

Emily and Keith Davis

Winston-Salem, NC

Owner Since 2006

Previous Occupation: Emily did marketing and branding. Keith was in banking.

“Running changes everything. If those three words resonate with you the way they do with me, then you need to inquire about opening a store. Don’t wait!”

Dave Zimmer

Chicago, IL

Owner Since 1996

Previous Occupation: Dave had a career in marketing and radio.

“Fleet Feet started out as a job. Now it’s our career, and we can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Chris and Kendra Loignon

Greenville, NC

Owner Since 2017

Previous Occupation: Chris was a Fleet Feet employee in Winston-Salem, NC. Kendra was a nurse.

“Fleet Feet proves there’s a successful way to own a responsible business, make our community better, support the goals of our brand partners, and create career pathways for people.”

Julie and Wade Pannell

Spokane, WA and Portland, OR

Owner Since 2012

Previous Occupation: Julie was a teacher. Wade was a landscape architect.

“Through our training programs, we’ve been able to help so many adults and kids discover the magic of running. That has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of this journey.”

Dink and Suzanne Taylor

Huntsville, AL

Owner Since 2004

Previous Occupation: Dink was a Coca-Cola salesman. Suzanne was the Investor Relations Coordinator for Swift Energy Company.

“We are as passionate about owning a Fleet Feet today as we were on day one. We never thought we could find a career that would be as rewarding.”

Jessica and Matt Anderson

Madison, WI

Owner Since 2005

Previous Occupation: Jessica was a Fleet Feet employee in Sacramento, CA and Matt was a city planner.

See and Hear it from our Owners...

Ellen Brenner

Wade Pannell

Charlie Woodruff

Robyn

Meet Robyn, Your New Best Friend

Hello! As the corporate office’s longest-tenured employee and Vice President of Development, I will be your first point of contact. Whether you dream of opening a new franchise, operating a store, converting your independent running store, or selling your independent running store, I can walk you through the process, answer questions, and help you to make your dream a reality. ... But I’m not the only one! You’ll also meet Brian, Frank, Lisa, Matt, Vicky, and others who will help you with site selection, lease negotiation, buildout/remodels, training, and on-boarding in all aspects of operating a Fleet Feet store. I encourage you to submit an inquiry form to start the process. We look forward to meeting you!

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