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08/21/2012

FW's CD Ski & Sports to open store in West 7th in late September

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth-based CD Ski & Sports by the end of September will open a store in West 7th that will focus on selling the name-brand clothing it carries and not the ski and snowboarding equipment found at its other locations.

The 4,900-square-foot store is being called Climate by CD Ski & Sports and will be at the northeast corner of Crockett and Norwood streets. It is slated to open in the third week of September, said Jared ShopeÖ , co-owner of CD Ski & Sports.

It will be the retailer’s fifth location. Shope started the store in 1994 with a location on Hulen Street, which was expanded to 10,000-square-feet last year to accommodate the growing number of name brand ski and beach fashions the store carries. Three years ago, the retailer also moved and expanded its Grapevine location to accommodate their clothing lines.

CD Ski & Sports specializes in apparel and equipment for skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and other outdoor action sports. The store has had a growing number of customers buying their clothing just to wear, and not because they were going to the mountains or the beach, Shope said.

"Our business is very destination," Shope said. "A lot of what we’re selling stays here in Fort Worth.

It joins a growing list of primarily women’s apparel retailers in West 7th, the 13-acre mixed-use development at the southeast corner of University Drive and West Seventh Street. It will be the only one that will carry men’s and children’s clothing, said Shope, a Texas Christian University alumni.

Shope said he began looking at West 7th about 18 months ago, but needed to concentrate on expanding the Hulen store before opening another.

The store will have 10 full- and part-time employees. It will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Major brands will include The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’teryx, UGG Footwear, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Rainbow, Keen, Burton, RVCA, Billabong, Reef, Spyder, Nordica, Giro, Columbia, Roxy and Quiksilver. It will also sell accessories such as cameras from Go Pro and Contour, as well as headphones from Skullcandy and Marley.

"If we are going to carry it at the West 7th location, it will be a premium brand, a niche product or a leading fashion piece," Shope said.

Brad Douglas of McKinney is Shope’s operating partner. CD Ski & Sports also has a store in McKinney and Amarillo.

Frank Bullock and Carey Shagets with SRS Real Estate Partners and Rodger Chieffalo with Chieffalo Realty represented the landlord, Cypress Equities.

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