In the retail world there are very few businesses that can
lay claim to being an "institution". It takes
longevity, a loyal clientele and a willingness to not only
serve the community, but to take an active role in ensuring
and preserving the community's very well-being.
the 47 years since first opening their doors, Lacroix Source
for Sports has earned the title of being an east end institution,
first under its founder and former owner Andre Lacroix,
and more recently under current owner Eric Laniel.
connection with Lacroix Source for Sports dates back to
when his parents bought him his pair of skates at the age
bought my hockey equipment here ever since," says Laniel
who took over the business from Lacroix in 2014.
was a challenge I really wanted to take on and with the
staff already in place who have been here for years and
years it was a no-brainer."
Sports first opened its doors in 1972, it was the only sporting
goods store in Orléans. Today, the retail sports
equipment landscape is dominated by the big box stores.
of that reality, Lacroix Source for Sports has continued
to occupy a small niche in the sporting goods landscape
sticking to its founding philosophy of providing area sports
enthusiasts with quality sports equipment and apparel at
competitive prices. It's a philosophy that has continued
under Laniel who shares Lacroix's commitment to customer
got red carpet service here. The sales people are outstanding.
Because of that people keep coming back again and again.
We've been around for so long and have made so many customers
happy that we're now seeing a third generation come into
the store," says Laniel who is a Garneau high school
1995, Lacroix Sports has been a part of the Source for Sports
network of independent sporting goods stores. With over
200 stores across Canada, Source for Sports forms a national
buying group which is able to purchase inventory and offer
it to their customers at competitve prices.
Lacroix Source for Sports specializes in hockey equipment,
they also cater to sports largely ignored by the big box
stores like baseball, softball, football and curling.
serious professional to the weekend amateur, Lacroix Source
for Sports can outfit you with the very latest in sporting
equipment from such manufacturers as Wilson, Adidas, CCM,
Nike, Bauer, I-Tech and Easton.
also meet all your embroidery and silk screen needs for
both athletic and work apparel.
part of the Lacroix Source for Sports success story is due
to the store's committed and loyal sales staff. Most of
whom have been with the store for 25 years and longer.
you add it all up, it's over 125 years of experience between
four people," says Laniel.
Source for Sports is located at 2062 St. Joseph Blvd. near
the corner of Grey Nuns Dr. Store hours are from 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays
and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Lacroix Source for Sports by phone call 613-824-5196, or
simply e-mail email@example.com.
You can also find them on the internet at http://lacroix.sourceforsports.com.