Two greats of hockey and especially of the equipment industry have joined forces and an idea that has been spinning in their heads for a long time has now been put into practice. Chris Faust (Hockeykiosk) and Axel Schröder (TK Sports) are the founders and joint operators.
"We wanted to create an extraordinary shop where everything is available and every available brand is also represented," says Faust - and he believes that they came quite close to achieving their goal right from the start. About 500 guests were able to see this for themselves during the opening ceremony. Faust and Schröder took over an old, but still well-preserved factory building in the immediate vicinity of the TK headquarters at Gutenbergstraße 23 in Mannheim. Within a few weeks, the former accommodation for Kawasaki motorbikes was transformed into a hockey sales shop in loft style. The spacious areas are not only inviting to have a look at the merchandise, there is also enough space to try it out similar to a game. You can dribble on several differently designed skill carpets or play on an artificial turf pitch. Goalkeepers have a specially designed area where new goalkeeper outfits can be tested using a ball machine.
"We think the region has a real need for such an offer here, and of course all visitors travelling from further away are also very welcome," says Chris Faust. And partner Axel Schröder adds: "TK Sports is proud that we were able to realise the idea of a hockey multistore in the Rhine-Neckar region together with the company Hockeykiosk. Individually oriented advice from the hockey player for the hockey player is very important to us. We also pay special attention to goalkeeper counselling. Every Friday
and Saturday, individual appointments can be booked for this."
The Store is open from Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 19:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Source: DHZ Issue 31
Pictures: Dirk Markgraf