Kickoff arrives for new Stirling Sports franchise

23:00, Feb 15 2013

A Richmond couple have kicked off a new round for a Nelson sporting goods franchise, with Stirling Sports on Trafalgar St reopening today.

The company which owned the Nelson and Blenheim franchises of the sports chain, Adventure Sports, went into liquidation in December owing $1 million.

Now, the Nelson site has been taken over by husband and wife Dave and Sandy Heyward, who have operated the Richmond Stirling Sports franchise for the last four years.

Mrs Heyward said they had not planned to open another franchise, but when the Nelson store went into liquidation they saw an opportunity.

The store will be run by manager Mike Smithers, and stock a slightly different range than the Richmond store, with more clothing and footwear and less hardware such as fishing and hunting gear.

Mr Heyward had been in the sports retail business for about 30 years, so he had plenty of experience to lend the new venture.


"The thing we pride ourselves on is service as opposed to some other places in town. To come in here and get some knowledge about what's there."

It had been difficult to accumulate enough stock to open the store, as they typically ordered in stock six months in advance, so the store would initially lack some of the latest releases, Mrs Heyward said.

"It is going to take six months to get into the groove with the stock. We have got a pretty good range here at the moment though."

Customers would be also able to call the Richmond store to request items that were not in stock.

The Nelson Mail