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Gazelle Sports Ranked Top Four
Gazelle Sports Ranked Top Four

Gazelle Sports store in West Michigan has received national recognition from Competitor Magazine for being one of 2012's "50 Best Running Stores in America," placing in the top four.  Gazelle has stores locally in Holland, Kalamazoo, and Kentwood.  This is the seventh year in a row that it has made the list.

Each store that is nominated is put through an evaluation process that includes mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment.

Gazelle Sports Co-Owner Chris Lampen-Crowell says, "We are very proud to be recognized as one of the best running stores in America. It is a tribute to the Gazelle Sports staff. It means that they are living our mission to pursue, encourage and celebrate a healthy lifestyle, and providing the best customer care in the world. We are blessed to build a business in West Michigan where ‘local’ is a significant business value."

"What sets Gazelle Sports apart from other retailers is our true commitment to our customers,” stated Darin Piippo, assistant store manager at Gazelle Sports’ Grand Rapids location. “We strive to create a meaningful experience every time someone steps foot in our store. Our focus is on the ongoing health and wellbeing of our customers and our community. It is not about one pair of shoes or one race event, but rather what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our staff is passionate about helping people. Through this passion, we strive to create long-term, sustainable partnerships with our customers." 

One organization that Gazelle Sports supports is Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, which uses the power of running to encourage girls 8-14 years old in their character development.

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