The winter weather impacting the area Friday morning failed to deter residents from venturing to Dunham's Sports, which officially opened for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The business is located along S. St. Marys Street in the storefront formerly occupied by St. Marys Chevrolet.
Dunham's offers a variety of recreational equipment, including athletic apparel, footwear, general athletics items, and hunting items.
According to store manager Vince Thomas, the store currently has 30 employees and will be open seven days a week. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
"The weather tried to slow us down, but that didn't work," Thomas said of the grand opening. "We're excited to work with the district and the city to offer a lot of brand-name products at the low prices that Dunham's is known for."
Thomas also credited all of the store associates, whom he noted put in a lot of hard work to get the business ready for the grand opening.
Gabler, who cut the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening, congratulated the Dunham's staff and welcomed them to the city.
"Elk County has always been known as a sportsman's paradise. You guys are going to be right at home here and I want to [applaud] you for making it happen here. It is my honor to be asked to cut the ribbon and I'm glad to do it," Gabler said.