Popular U.S. retailer, Zumiez, will be opening its first Winnipeg location at St. Vital Shopping Centre. No opening date has been set but a ‘coming soon’ sign has been posted at the mall.
Zumiez is a based, specialty apparel store founded by Tom Campion and Haakenson in 1978, and publicly traded since 2005. “Offering gear and clothing for the skater, snowboarder, and surfer,” Zumiez sells action-sports related clothing and has created an image based around action sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. Zumiez is based in Lynnwood, Washington. The current president and CEO is Richard Brooks.
Originally named “Above the Belt” when the first store was opened at Seattle’s Northgate Mall in 1978, the company grew quickly through the early 80’s with the addition of stores at Everett Mall (Everett, WA), Alderwood Mall (Lynnwood, WA), Tacoma Mall (Tacoma, WA) and Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA). The mid and late Eighties brought new stores online outside of the Puget Sound area and the corporate name change to Zumiez. The corporate office was moved from Everett, WA to Lynnwood, WA in 2012.