So we’ve been keeping everything close to our chests, but if you’ve been around certain people or earwigging in certain places then you may have heard rumours. Well we’ve had a dedicated team working incredibly hard over the last couple of weeks and because of this it means we are delighted to be able to announce an opening date. There is still a lot to do, but the first Alpkit store will be opening on Friday the 14th of April. Yes that’s not far away.
Oh, nearly forgot… but where? Well we are giddy with excitement to announce we will be moving into Hathersage, right in the heart of the Peak District. It’s a place we’ve been visiting for years, not only for the outdoor Mecca that is Outside, but for learning the craft of gritstone climbing on the legendary Stanage Edge. Our store will not only represent our range of outdoor equipment, it will also consist of a dedicated room for our Sonder bikes too. We really hope that we can do Hathersage justice and help maintain the long standing tradition it has as a destination for those who just love getting outdoors and enjoying all sorts of activities.
So as we’ve mentioned before, this is a big move for us and rather exciting. From being purely online into having a physical store is not going to change how we work things, we are still direct to consumer online and now we can do the same but in a more face to face, chewing the fat kind of a way. We’ve always tried to be open and friendly, even though we’ve been hidden inside your computer screen, and maintaining the service levels and personality as the brand grows online is and will continue to be incredibly important to us. Our ‘Unplugged’ schedule has allowed us to convey that personality and Alpkit ethos face to face over the years as we’ve gone from event to event, but now Alpkit Hathersage is hopefully going to be the first major step in instilling this into a more permanent space and destination. Opening this flagship store lets us put into practice everything we’ve learnt over the years and give our customers the full Alpkit experience, from actually seeing the products in the flesh to the level of online customer service we’ve been highly recognised for over the years online.
We really hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve done and what we’re planning on doing.
The store is on Main Road in Hathersage, right next the brilliant Coleman's Deli and just up the road from those lovely guys at Outside.
At the moment we are currently putting together plans for an ‘official’ opening weekend for the 1st May Bank Holiday with some cool happenings going on, so keep an ear and eye out for more information.
In the meantime, if you’re up in the area then pop in and see how we’ve done.