Nike will officially open the doors to its ninth U.S. flagship store — the first in the Washington, DC region—Thursday at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and a special appearance by former Georgetown Men’s Hoyas Basketball Head Coach, John Thompson Jr.
The store has a strong focus on women and local sports teams. Thompson is not only appearing at opening day, but he is "commemorated inside the store through a custom wall display," according to a press release. And the store will feature an exclusive women’s run club and custom sports bra fittings among other services tailored to female athletes.
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The three-story, 29,000-square-foot Nike store takes over the former Barnes and Noble Space. Replacing the familiar green coloring associated with the book store chain is a giant orange swoosh on the building at 3040 M St. NW at the corner of M and Thomas Jefferson Streets.
If the early morning activities do not quite jive with your schedule, there will also be events opening night. Starting at 6 p.m. the new store will offer "a Nike Training Club with Nike Master Trainer Marie Purvis, Nike+ Run Club 5K run, and a Q&A with Nike athletes," according to a press release.