What started as a small sporting goods store is now a nationwide operation that sells equipment for nearly all sports as well as outdoor activities. Dick's Sporting Goods aims to create a team environment for its employees, encouraging work/life balance and providing healthy perks in its corporate headquarters like a state-of-the-art gym.
Sports Equipment • Sports Apparel
About the Company
Dick Stack was just eighteen years old when he had the first bright ideas for what would become Dick’s Sporting Goods. In 1948, Stack was working at an Army surplus store in Binghamton, New York, and suggested to his boss to include fishing tackle in their product offerings. The owner was hardly receptive, and Stack decided to quit and pursue his vision of a sports and outdoors store that offered a wider array of products, a one-stop shop for all things sport. In search of comfort and advice, Dick Stack turned to his grandmother, who turned out to be the company’s first investor—he gave her grandson $300 to start his business.
What began as a shop predominantly oriented toward fishermen in 1948 has expanded to a leading sports and outdoor gear retailer. In 1971, Dick’s opened its second store, and between the late 1980s and early 1...