Bookmans Exchange has signed a lease to open a sports, outdoor and recreation exchange store using the same quality buy, sell and trade business model that has proved successful for over 35 years. Bookmans Recreation Exchange will do for used recreation equipment what we did for used books and music and the same trade credit will work on any merchandise in any of their stores.

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Chief Operating Officer Sean Feeney says, “We already issue trade credit for exercise and other recreation equipment people bring to our bookstores. Our customers tell us they look forward to being able to trade the baseball bat their child outgrew for a stack of Newberry books or a video game and of course vise versa. Our recreation exchange will allow people to take their books, CDs, video games and DVDs into our bookstores for trade and use that credit to buy a StairMaster or golf clubs.”

We will renovate the 13,548 square foot former Walgreens store located at 3330 E. Speedway in the Rancho Center between Whole Foods and Performance Bicycles. The space will accommodate a huge variety of sporting and recreation goods. There will also be a community space for speakers, events and demonstrations.

Tom Kinzer, formerly of Baums Sporting Goods, will manage the store. A Tucson native with over 10 years of experience in the sporting goods industry, Tom has already acquired a variety of equipment from saddles to surf boards and from tents to tennis rackets. He’s actively seeking more inventory, so for now people can take smaller items into their bookstores stores for cash/trade or contact him at for home visits for larger equipment.

This new store is the result of owner Bob Oldfather’s desire to bring the “Bookmans Experience” to the used recreation industry. Just as Bookmans Entertainment Exchange brought together passionate customers with passionate employees in a comfortable community oriented space, Bookmans Recreation Exchange will create for those interested in sports and outdoor activities.

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