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
the 44 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 of five.
bought my hockey equipment here ever since,"
says Laniel who took over the business from Lacroix
a little over a year ago.
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."
Lacroix 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.
spite 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 service.
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 grad.
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.
the 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.
can also meet all your embroidery and silk screen
needs for both athletic and work apparel.
big 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 Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
contact Lacroix Source for Sports by phone call 613-824-5196,
or simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find them on the internet at http://lacroix.sourceforsports.com,
or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lacroix-Source-for-Sports-
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