WICHITA — A quarter of a century after opening the running specialty store First Gear, Gary Gregory is selling the Old Town business.
“I have the absolute best job in the world. I really do,” he says of selling sport shoes and apparel. “I’m just ready to do something different.”
Greg Reed of GW Investments, a communications company, is buying the business, which is at 111 N. Mosley. He’ll be partners with Raquel Stucky, who currently works there.
“She’s really the one that has a lot of experience in the business,” Reed says.
He says he likes the business and the industry and says feels “like there’s a lot of opportunity there.”
“I’m sure we’ll make some changes,” Reed says. However, all of the things customers have come to love at First Gear, “we’re going to continue to do.”
Gregory opened First Gear on North Rock Road in 1988 and moved to Old Town seven years later.
He says it was a difficult decision to move, but business doubled within the first year.
“I wasn’t getting west-side shoppers on Rock Road,” he says.
When he moved, he kept most of his east-side business and gained the west side as well.