Berrys purchase Footsloggers
by Anna Oakes
Jason and Edyth Berry recently completed the purchase of
Footsloggers, the 41-year-old outdoor outfitter with stores in Boone and
Blowing Rock, from founder Hanes Boren.
Boren opened Footsloggers on Faculty Street in Boone with
business partner Sam Houston in July 1971, before buying out Houston’s share in
the late 1980s.
Jason Berry began working at Footsloggers part-time in 1999
while attending Appalachian State University.
“I have had a passion for the outdoors and a love for great
outdoor retail shops since I was a kid,” Berry said. “I have always wanted to
end up in outdoor retail, and this was my goal as I worked through the business
school at ASU.”
In 2005, Berry began a seven-year buyout term, which was
finalized in September.
“I am honored that Hanes wanted to keep Footsloggers under
the leadership of someone who has a passion for the outdoors and who has a
passion for our community. I am following quite a distinguished legacy which
Hanes built over the past 41 years, and I am excited to further that legacy and
become an increasingly meaningful part of our High Country community,” Berry
“Our staff are the stars, and it is our goal that customers
are served extraordinarily well with each visit,” he added.
Berry is a member of the Downtown Boone Development Association Board of Directors.