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Big Windward Welcome For Mall Sports Store

Kong Siu Lum Pai’s lion (with Baron Chang supporting the head) christened the new Sports Authority at Windward Mall while customers lined up for grand opening promotions. Photo by Rachel Breit.

Sports Authority opened Nov. 3 at Windward Mall with lines coming out the door.

“It’s a great fit for Windward Mall and complements our current retail mix,” explained mall marketing manager Alex Kirley. “Windward residents are extremely active and athletic … ”

The Colorado-based sporting goods chain hired about 50 employees to staff its seventh Hawaii store, which is stocking its name-brand items in a new, simplified layout with brighter light and bold colors.

Located in the 26,657-square-foot former Borders space beneath Regal Theatres, the new merchant also offers bike repairs, CO2 refills, delivery and assembly, fishing-line winding, golf trade-ins and tennis racquet stringing.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 235-5340.