What are we looking for in an Operating Partner?
- An ambitious leader with a strong work ethic
- A passion for bringing health and fitness to your community
- Drive to successfully run your own business
We designed our unique Operating Partner program to put smart, driven people in a position to run a store as their own and share in the success of a nationally-known brand. Join us and make your passion your career; we'll be with you every step of the way!
Once you apply, a Fleet Feet Store Support Team member will contact you to schedule a call to talk you through the Operating Partner (OP) process and answer questions you have.
Speaking with existing operating partners will provide insight into the process, so you have a clear understanding of the path ahead.
By visiting our team, you will learn details about the OP program and meet our staff to determine if this path is a good FIT for you.
Training is necessary for success. If you do not live near a Fleet Feet store, you may be asked to move to master the training you will need to become an OP. We require proficiency on the sales floor, training employees, meeting budgets, hitting sales ratios, and customer acquisition.
You will have the opportunity to take over an existing Fleet Feet store, an independent running store that is ready to sell or to help us open a brand-new store. To reach this step, we rank employees by their preparedness and geographic flexibility (we do our best to match you with a market you'll love, but flexibility is key). You will hold the role of GM for at least one year and learn every aspect of operating a store.
After serving as GM for at least one year and demonstrating the ability to manage the store efficiently, we will provide you with an opportunity to become an OP in the same store. At this point, you will have the ability to earn bonuses and a percentage of all profits.
Opportunities are available around the country. Still, the more flexible you are, the easier and quicker it will be to find you a position.
As an operating partner, you will receive a competitive salary with profit sharing and a bonus structure as well as full medical, dental, and vision insurance.
As an operating partner, you are responsible for running the store in your market. You should expect to work 50 to 60 hours per week. You’ll oversee:
You are also expected to attend trainings and an annual Fleet Feet conference in addition to testing and embracing new brand-wide initiatives.
Frank and Stacey DeJulius
Operating Partners since 2011
Previous Occupation: Frank has been in the running and outdoor industries on both the retail and vendor sides and Stacey was a meteorologist.
Operating Partner since 2014
Previous Occupation: Michelle did marketing for the Houston Texans and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jackie and Phil Young
Operating Partners since 2016
Previous Occupation: Jackie was an administrator and Phil was a running specialty store manager.
Operating Partner since 2010
Previous Occupation: Dustin was a running specialty store manager.
Michael and Jenafer McCauley
Operating Partners since 2009
Previous Occupation: Michael owned and operated another Fleet Feet prior to Augusta and Jenafer was a running specialty store manager.
Steve and Jennifer Carter
Operating Partners since 2016
Previous Occupation: Steve managed another Fleet Feet for many years and Jennifer is still a nurse. Their son Davis, shown here, works in the store.
Brett and Kristin Albers
Operating Partners since 2014
Previous Occupation: Brett managed another Fleet Feet and Kristin taught 7th grade language arts.
Hello! As the corporate office’s longest-tenured employee and Vice President of Development, I will be your first point of contact. Whether you dream of opening a new franchise, operating a store, converting your independent running store, or selling your independent running store, I can walk you through the process, answer questions, and help you to make your dream a reality. ... But I’m not the only one! You’ll also meet Brian, Frank, Lisa, Matt, Vicky, and others who will help you with site selection, lease negotiation, buildout/remodels, training, and on-boarding in all aspects of operating a Fleet Feet store. I encourage you to submit an inquiry form to start the process. We look forward to meeting you!
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