If you follow Philadelphia Runner on social media, you may have seen a tease a few weeks back for an in-the-works new location somewhere in Manayunk. I’d been pestering outreach director Ryan Callahan for details ever since, and this morning he delivered—big time.
PR has officially inked a lease for the former Tag Denim space at 4347 Main Street, a decade after opening its flagship shop in Center City. "We're really excited about the new store," he says, adding that the process to add a fourth location started well over a year ago. The goal with the new shop is the same as with the other three: to be more than a store where you can buy sneakers and tech shirts, and to cultivate—and be at the center of—a healthy running community in Philly. To that end, the store will continue the brand's tradition of hosting lots and lots of community-focused events, an effort to connect with runners who live in the northwesterly parts of the city.
"There needs to be a resource for runners in Manayunk," he says. "How could there not be? It's in the shadows of the greatest urban running park in the country: the Wissahickon."
Of course, Bryn Mawr Running Company had an outpost in Manayunk until last fall, when it shuttered the shop at 4320 Main Street. But the PR folks are undeterred: "We really think Manayunk's best days are ahead, and we want to be a part of the continuing revitalization of the business corridor," says Callahan.
The store is being designed by Canno Design, which just recently finished pimping out Nicole Marquis's Charlie was a sinner. Callahan thinks the build out will begin in September—after PR gets the Philly 10K off their plate, of course—and be completed by November, if everything goes according to plan. Even if the paint's not quite dry yet, they will host an event for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23rd. "We have possibly the best seat in the house for the marathon," he says. "Whether we’re open or not, we’re definitely having a huge party."
Keep an eye on Philadelphia Runner's Facebook page for photos of the build and details of an exact opening date.
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