Mooresville resident Mark Willis is helping add to the eclectic vibe of the town’s historic downtown area with a new sporting goods store. Play It Again Sports opened on Main Street in December, and offers both new and used sporting equipment, gear and clothes. And with summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect place to get what you need to enjoy some outdoor fun, from baseball, golf and soccer to tennis and water-skiing.
On starting something new: Willis, 42, said he’s been a jock all his life. He thought opening his own Play It Again Sports franchise would be fun way and rewarding way to break free from the nine-to-five grind of his career in computer design and drafting. It would also give him more time to spend with his wife, Traci, and their three kids, ages 9, 12 and 15. Willis opened his store in 2006 in a shopping center on Highway 150.
On starting something newagain: The store was a success for several years, but then the recession hit, sales lagged, and many of the other tenants in the shopping center moved out. Looking for a new, more affordable location that could help jumpstart sales, he moved his store to historic downtown Mooresville, which in recent years has experienced resurgence with several new restaurants and boutiques. Willis said that last year he had to return to his old job in computers, but continues to run the sporting goods store with the help of four employees.
On connecting with the community: The two-story, 4,000-square-foot store is packed with equipment for just about every sport you can think of. There’s also lots of exercise equipment, such as treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines. And with warm and sunny weather now here, Willis said he’s stocking up on gear for water sports, including skis, inner tubes, ski ropes and gloves. He also offers a $5 gift card to anyone who signs up with a Lake Norman-area recreation department or league. “This helps us be a part of the community, and is also a way for families to save money.”
Play It Again Sports 162 North Main StreetMooresville, NC 28115704-658-0270www.playitagainsportsmooresville.com