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In 1946 Curt Smith renovated a one-room coffee shop, located on the square in Downtown Belleville, Illinois, into a modest retail sports store. Curt Smith Sporting Goods was born and it catered to the sporting enthusiast. His new shop carried a wide variety of sporting goods items such as baseballs, footballs, basketballs and bowling merchandise, team uniforms, firearms, fishing, camping and hunting supplies.
Success and the need for more space prompted Mr. Smith to relocate the store just one block away at 100 West Main Street in 1948. With more square footage came increased merchandise space.
Many "baby-boomers" can remember buying their first baseball glove, football or basketball shoes here. Doris Smith recalls a moment that truly exemplified her late husbands caring nature and generosity. "Curt was approached by a boy who wanted to buy a baseball bat. The youngster reached in his pocket and grabbed some change which was obviously short of the asking price. When the dejected boy exited the store Curt chased him down street with bat in hand. He told the boy that he forgot that the item was 'on sale today' and he had just enough to buy it!"
Curt Smith catered to teams and coaches in need of equipment for their schools, he pioneered the team sales industry. At the time, most sports directors ordered supplies via pictures and catalogs with lengthy turn-around times. Now they had the opportunity and convenience in personalized customer service at Curt Smith Sporting Goods.
Mr. Smith was committed to the outdoorsman and the sporting goods industry as he continued to provide top-quality customer service and items that his customers wanted. Through the years his store served as the official "hometown sporting goods store" in southwest Illinois. In 1985 he moved the store to its present location in Belleville. The new location tripled his store space and again enabled him to increase inventory.
Because of the increased demand in the hunting department a major move was made to relocate the department "just around the corner" to 13 North Church Street. Curt Smith's Outdoors provides everything needed for the hunting and outdoor enthusiasts.
Today, Curt Smith Sporting Goods continues Mr. Smith's commitment to excellence.
"We have built a fine tradition in the metropolitan area," said store President John Vallero. "We have experienced salesmen, high quality merchandise, competitive prices, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and a great track record of first-class customer service."
Curt Smith Sporting Goods is your local one-stop to shop for all of your sporting goods needs.
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