Grinnell home to new Sports Page store

Grinnell is the newest member of the Sports Page family.

Owner Todd Thimesch, Marshalltown, recently announced the opening of a store at 707 West Street South St., Suite 800.

Thimesch said he wants to open the store no later than July 1.

Sports Pages stock a wide variety of athletic apparel, equipment, fan wear, shoes, swimming suits and sports-related accessories.

It will be the company’s fifth store – joining locations in Altoona, Ames, Marshalltown and Pella. The 5,000-square foot business will be in a new commercial development with other retailers and have 15 employees.

“Selection of Grinnell was a natural progression for us,” Thimesch said. “It is a very aggressive, progressive community. It was the next logical target for us in central Iowa. We want to do methodical growth. We are not going to the corners of Iowa to start a store. We want to grow to best serve our customers and still maintain efficiencies as a company. We pride ourselves in responding to customers’ needs in a quick period of time.”

Thimesch credited business partner Phil Hemming and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce for their work.

“Phil did a great job making this project a reality,” he said.

“Grinnell is aggressive in seeking out new business. We worked closely with the chamber who provided us with a package which made the occupancy possible.”

Sports Page also has production facility in Pella that manufacturers fan wear.

“We opened to respond to customers’ needs faster,” Thimesch said. “For example, if a local team goes to a state tournament, we want to be able to meet their fan’s needs quickly with jerseys and other accessories.”

Thimesch has enjoyed a 30-year career with the company, having joined the Ames store as a part-time employee while attending Iowa State in 1983.

Years later, Thimesch purchased the Ames and Marshalltown stores from Dan Settle, the man who hired him.

Thimesch added stores in Pella and Altoona in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

He had advice for would be entrepreneurs.

“If you want to own a restaurant, one should get their start as dish washer,” he said.