North Face and Columbia stores in Breckenridge to be bought by Vail resorts

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The Vail Resorts name is synonymous with company expansion, at least up here in British Columbia, after buying Whistler.  They are not just buying resorts though, also adding retail stores to their portfolio. North Face stores in many other resorts, including Whistler, and resorts in Colorado, California and Utah, are already under their banner. Now, in an extension to their holdings already in Main street, Breckenridge, they are planning to buy the North Face, Main Street Outlet, and Columbia stores. Vail Resorts already owns Patagonia, and Marmot stores on the same street.

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According to the Summit Daily, this proposed purchase from Steve and Susan Lapinsohn, who have been Long-time Breckenridge ski Enterprise owners, is anticipated to be done, and signed off within the next few weeks.  “Steve and Susan Lapinsohn are highly respected members of the Breckenridge community and have been providing guests and locals with top-line outdoor clothing and equipment and exceptional service for more than 25 years,” said Greg Sullivan, chief operating officer for Vail Resorts Retail, in a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to continuing their legacy of providing both the service and retail experience that our Breckenridge guests value and appreciate,” he added.

Sullivan also said, again to the Summit Daily, that he was hoping to retain the Lapinsohn’s current staff, of up to 16 people, across the three locations. It seems as though they will have to go through a hiring process, but Sullivan insists it is more about “seeing if they are interested in continuing their employment with Vail” than reapplication. Any workers making the choice to stay would keep their seniority. For their part, the Lapinsohn’s have said that they are excited that Vail resorts will carry their vision forward, and that their staff will be looked after.

Source: The Summit Daily


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