Disappointing Nike Store Experience

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  1. West Coast Ace

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    I hope this topic doesn't break any rules or ruffle any TW feathers (I buy enough stuff from them):

    Wanted to see some of the current offerings in person. Had Friday off so I rolled up to Beverly Hills' Niketown. They didn't have a lot of the current stuff - no Rafa shirt. Only 1 color of the new RF shirt. Didn't have the shirt Tomic and Isner are wearing. No bandanas. Are some items Internet only? There wasn't any free shelf space and the clerk didn't say anything sold out.
     
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  2. SempreSami

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    Sounds about the same as Niketown London, which is odd given how they've expanded the place yet again,
     
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  3. hcb0804

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    Regardless of what they themselves might think, the Nike management team members are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.
    The Niketown stores are supposed to be the "showcases" for the entire Nike line, where you can find anything and everything Nike. In the case of the Atlanta Niketown, it deteriorated to the point that they had no tennis stuff to speak of; it never had more than a miniscule tennis selection. Go figure that out in a tennis crazy town like Atlanta! Everybody quit going there and the place shut down, beaten by superior local tennis shops.
     
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  4. PBODY99

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    Just maybe they are protecting the Tennis retailers. Local shops have a hard enough time and Nike has limited sales for certain items in various product lines since at least the early 1990's.
     
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    Usually I agree this is the case, but was there on Saturday and they did have in stock more of the current range than I had expected (full Rafa / RF AO outfits, RF practice tees, some 'Showdown Sunburst' stuff, bull hats, Vapor and CB in both colourways and a little more).

    Naturally, though, you won't find a member of staff in the whole building that knows any details or selling points of the tennis gear. Last time I was there I asked about featherlight caps, and the employee canvassed four other colleagues none of whom had ever heard of them.
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    That's too bad. Maybe they can hire some of the children who actually make the clothes to stock the retail outlets. The over 18 crowd's just not cutting it.
     
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  7. Djokolate

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    my nearest nike shop.
    tennis section:
    rafa 2010 aussie open shirts, no, not 2011, 2010.
    white nike caps
    black pairs of shorts.
    pair of vapors from last year.

    yay go nike!!! lol.
    i always have to buy tennis stuff online.
    ALWAYS
     
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  8. SempreSami

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    It's a shame really, especially when there's now roughly three members of staff for every ten square metres of floor space in there.
     
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  9. persianplayer

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    i went to niketown boston same time of the cincinatti masters of last year and they had all the rafa and roger stuff for the us open. day and night shirts/ shorts. the new kicks, bandanas, wristbands and all the colours of the RF and rafa bull shirts. they also had the other stuff guys wore for the open too. they even had sharapova and serenas dress
     
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  10. kimguroo

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    Nike does not try to make money from their Nike town stores. I know someone works for Nike and told me some info which I can not reveal their secrets.
    There are several reasons why niketown does not carry almost anything for us hahaha. I don't think managers have power to control products.

    I agree Nike town atlanta is worst place for tennis players ^_^

    Nike knows what are they doing. Otherwise they can't meet profit expectation every quarter.
     
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  11. The Wreck

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    Niketown stores are nothing but a showcase for the most expensive, newest Nike shoes.

    I work at a Nike outlet store, and you find out quick, Nike is about one sport above all others, running. The biggest sections of any store will be running shoes and running clothes. It's the biggest seller. That's why the Niketown stores have almost exclusively running shoes/clothes.
     
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  12. West Coast Ace

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    Interesting. I would have guessed the basketball stuff was the biggest.

    I'm not entirely shocked - I fully realize Tennis is small time compared to other sports. Just thought they'd have a little of everything; even in the small allotted space. And to hear that the Boston store, hardly a hotbed of tennis compared to So Cal, had more variety, is somewhat shocking.
     
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  13. sabala

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    If you're thinking about trying the new Niketown in Santa Monica, forget it - they don't carry ANY tennis at all! :evil:
     
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  14. Rogisbestever

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    i actually thought the range that Niketown London had was the best they have carried for around 5 years or more... only things they were lacking were sweatbands in colours other than black/white/navy
    they have the entire range of Roger and Rafa clothing (inc t shirts) and shoes
     
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    We have a local Nike Outlet Store, about 1000 m2, so rather largish.

    Amount of tennis related gear: 0%


    EDIT± I forgot, they do have the standard white and black sweatbands, but that´s it.
     
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  16. 60mphserve@9

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    thats ashame! nike should have stuff for all of the departments. and i mean all of them! and have a decent selection too.
     
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  17. XFactorer

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    The stores, even the biggest ones, will not satisfy everyone. Until tennis becomes more popular in the US, nothing will change.

    Only 5 NikeTowns have tennis stuff (LA, SF, Chi, NY, and Miami). I'm not lucky enough to live by one... but that's why we have TW!
     
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  18. SirGounder

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    From what I've seen, Nike stores don't carry much in the way of tennis stuff. You'd be lucky to see a shirt or two and a pair of shoes.
     
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  19. West Coast Ace

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    You forgot Vegas.

    I was at the Vegas Nike store Friday. Had the Fed and Rafa bandanas - that was an unexpected good thing. But didn't have Rafa's AO shirt or the mandarin version.

    The outlet store at the south end of the Strip had the McEnroe warmup with the racing stripe and Rafa's AO warmup.
     
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  20. XFactorer

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    Yep, Vegas is a big tennis one, too. Forgot about that.

    I was at the Employee Store the other day and I managed to pick up the Nadal and Fed bandanas. That was a nice surprise.
     
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    They have taken out the Tennis Apparel at Niketown Seattle for a while now. It was inevitable since every season all of it would go on sale, every size and every color. Now they just have the full line of tennis shoes but placed in with the running shoes. Since the lunar lites look like the lunar lite running shoes, I'm willing to bet people and even the employees might get them confused.
     
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    Whats the San Francisco NikeTown like? I'll be heading out that way in a few weeks.
     
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  23. dsmercado

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    The New York NikeTown is hit or miss.

    I've seen them get some tennis sneakers before they were available for sale online.

    I've also gone there in the past looking for sneakers available online and they didn't have them or they didn't have a particular color on display or available.

    I don't look as much at the clothes, but I have seen Nadal and Federer clothing there. Didn't look like the complete lines though.
     
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    so I went to the San Fran Niketown, I thought it was pretty good really, i picked up a couple of things.
    The tennis section wasn't huge but it had most of the new stuff.

    One disappointment is the Las Vegas premium outlet Nike store. It has almost nothing of interest regarding tennis apparel, and no tennis shoes at all.
     
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    Orlando Outlet Stores Evaluation

    I've been to multiple Nike outlets here in Orlando and the "help" runs from borderline moronic to very helpful. Guess you have to catch the right person on the right day. Zero tennis shoes, clothing. Plenty of running, BB and golf. I have scored several Isner/Berdych caps (GHOATs), but one store had their complete stock of them (30+) in storage and had to pay for shipping to my home. How can you sell something not in stock at the store?
     
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    Nike stores are hit or miss- mostly miss on tennis gear. But I still check it out if I am at the outlet mall because occasionally you get some great deals.

    The people they hire mostly know very little about what their selling. It is pretty sad when you know their line of shoes and clothing better than the people who are trying to sell them to you. I think they must just get the cheapest people they can get off the streets.
     
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    True but it is a cool looking venue- love the Jordan kick montage
     
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    I think it may depend I went to the Paris niketown during the French open and they had all the nadal shirts and clothes, federal etc. Perhaps it's cyclical
     
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    the blue and yellow hats :confused:
     
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    No Blues No Yellows

    No luck anywhere on the two hot colors. I scored nano grey, black and white caps. For a full description of Nike's random marketing strategy, I suggest visiting the "Blue Isner Sphere Hat" thread in the "Pro Racquets and Gear" forum. We're up to about 800 posts concerning our "plight". The thread is epic!
     
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  31. 813wilson

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    In the last three weeks, I've been to:

    both Nike Outlets in Orlando - very minimal tennis selections and saw two pairs of lunars and some city courts

    Niketown Scottsdale - very small selection. Current, meaning the hard courts that just ended, Nadal and Federer line up. Tops, shirts, shoes.

    I guess Nike is trying to keep the price up by offering limited availability - think: can buy Fed's shorts in Europe but not here...
     
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