In 1983, two Nelson boys (Gerald and Rick Klassen) in their early 20’s opened a sports store on Bay Avenue in Trail BC called Gerick Cycle and Sports.
A passion for sport in their youth led to this career choice for the duo. They excelled in endurance sports – cycling running and triathlon, as well as grew up playing hockey and skiing.
As the business established itself, they ventured into other markets, opening stores in Cranbrook, Kelowna, Nelson and Castlegar.
In time, some of the shops closed, and others were sold.
There are currently three stores with the “Gerick” name – Trail, Nelson and Cranbrook. Each are now independently owned and operated.
In February of 2012 Gerick Sports in Trail was purchased by Erik Laithwaite and Jason Proulx. These two locals had a combined 20 years experience under their mentor – Gerald Klassen.
Over the years the business has changed, but the passion for sport, quality equipment, competitive prices, great customer service, and community support remain at the heart of what we do.