Dunham’s Sports is a regional shoe superstore chain owned by Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation, with stores found in the Midwestern to Southeastern USA. The chain specializes in athletic equipment, clothing, guns, and other sports-related items. The chain has over 230 spots in 22 states, including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, NEW YORK, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The first store opened in West Bloomfield, Michigan in 1937 as Dunham’s Bait & Tackle. It had been operated by Ron Dunham in a spot on Northwestern Highway west of Telegraph Road. The initial store gained exposure through advertisements in Newsweek and fishing shows hosted on radio. The initial store burnt down in 1946 but was promptly rebuilt.
R. L. Schmalzreid bought the store in 1953 and relocated it to the corner of Northwestern Highway and Orchard Lake Road. American Can Company acquired the chain in 1985. During the acquisition, the chain had eight stores: five in Metro Detroit, one in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one in Anderson, Indiana, and one in Muncie, Indiana. After merging with Primerica, the business sold off Dunham’s in 1989. By 1991, the business had 49 stores and was headquartered in Waterford Township, Michigan. Dunham’s Sports happens to be headquartered in Troy, MI.[