Owner Kris Hartner (far right) stands with some employees in front of the new Wheaton location.
 

The third location of Naperville Running Company opens its doors in Wheaton to the public on Monday at 10 a.m.

“The construction took us a little longer than planned, but we think you’ll like what we’ve done to bring the energy back to this 106-year-old building,” owner Kris Hartner said in an email announcement.

The Wheaton store is located at 102 W Front Street in Downtown Wheaton, which is near the Illinois Prairie Path, Wheaton College and other popular spots that Hartner is confident it will get a lot of business.

“It’s very busy downtown, and the community has been super excited about us coming,” he says. “I’m excited for the challenge because others haven’t worked there, and the market is kind of down for running stores, but I think we can do a good job.”


NRC first opened in 2000 in Downtown Naperville, then Hartner opened a second in South Naperville in 2014. The store has frequently been recognized as top area running stores; for nine consecutive years, Competitor and Running Insight magazines have put NRC on its Top 50 Running Stores in the U.S. list. NRC was also recently recognized as one of the top Midwest running stores by Footwear News.

Free parking is available at the NRC customer lot west of the store, and free street parking and lot parking are also available. Store hours include Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit its website at runningcompany.com.

If this store does as well as the first two, a fourth location may be in the future, Hartner says. He feels he has put together an amazing staff, and wants to provide them with a long-term career, which is part of his expansion strategy.

“My main goal is to have this business stay locally owned and operated for the long haul,” Hartner says. “Giving customers immediate satisfaction and convince is important, and we figured out a way to grow on that and make customers happy.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.

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