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El Paso's first Dick's Sporting Goods store opens at Fountains at Farah
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- El Pasoans got their first taste of shopping at the Fountains at Farah Wednesday as Dick's Sporting Goods and Best Buy opened their doors before scheduled grand opening events.
This is El Paso's first Dick's location. A representative for Dick's said it is the 532nd location in the country, and the store is about 50,000 square feet.
"We do donations with equipment. There's all kinds of ways we can help Little Leagues get their name out. We do in-store registrations," community marketing manager Phillip Birkbeck said.
Shoppers KFOX14 spoke with said they are excited to buy sports equipment at Dick's.
"I've known about Dick's before. I used to live in Dallas, and I loved it over there, too. When I heard it was coming here to the Fountains, I was excited," east El Paso resident Eric Ontiveros said.
Some said they are also planning to buy fishing and hunting gear.
"El Paso was missing something like this, and we finally got it. This is my type of store, so I'm glad," northeast El Paso resident James Carrillo said.
A representative for the Fountains said it is too early to tell whether parking congestion will be an issue in the future, but traffic and parking has not been a problem so far.
"The main entrance and another entrance we have there can't be open just yet because of construction we have going on. That construction will be completed in early November, in time for our opening Nov. 8, 9, 10," Fountains marketing and director Bianca Cervantes said.
Cervantes also said the Fountains has security guards on hand to direct traffic at the current main entrance at Hawkins Boulevard.
Best Buy is also expected to hold a grand opening, and Stein Mart is expected to open Thursday.