MC Sports - Sports apparel and equipment
MC Sports is a sporting goods retailer based in Grand Rapids, MI. It offers a wide range of athletic apparel, footwear and equipment for men, women and children, featuring top brands like adidas, Nike, Asics, Under Armour and Merrell. Players of team sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse, wrestling and more can browse the store’s extensive equipment and accessories selection. For those who participate in action sports, the store has a large inventory under the extreme sport, paddlesport, cycling and golf & tennis categories. While most stores are 15,000 square feet on average, a handful are twice as large, equipped with an additional outdoor center that houses camping, hunting and fishing gear. Those who wish to stay fit at home can also take advantage of the store’s collection of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weights. Ranked as the 75th largest sporting goods retailer in the US, MC Sports has also been known to give back to the community through fundraising programs, team discounts and sponsorships.
MC Sports - A soft spot for sports
MC Sports’ history began in 1946, when Jack Finklestein opened Michigan Clothiers in Grand Rapids, MI. Its name reflected the extensive inventory the store carried, from menswear to war surplus items. The store was highly popular among locals, especially its sports-related products, that by 1961 the company renamed itself to MC Sporting Goods and focused solely on sports apparel, equipment and footwear. The following years proved to be very successful, marked by in-state and out-of-state expansion. In 1986, the firm was sold to Thrifty Corp., a thriving company that helped facilitate further expansion and the acquisition of chains Morrie Mages’ Sports and Browns Sporting Goods. In 1992, Thrifty Corp. was bought out by Leonard Green & Partners, and only in 1996 did the retailer’s senior management successfully buy the company back. Today, MC Sports is one of the last remaining privately held sporting goods chains that still successfully operates 74 stores in seven states across the Midwest.