Lids was founded in 1995 in Zionsville, Indiana. The company operates a chain of hat and sports apparel stores, as well as an eCommerce site.
The company sold more than 6,000 hats alone during their first 5 years of business. The majority of items sold are sports or sport team hats, however, other brands are also available, including Columbia, Nike, and Hurley. In addition to hats, the company offers pennants, jewelry, bumper stickers, storage systems for hats, and Nike footwear.
Lids also goes by the name of Hat World. Hat World and Lids were acquired in April of 2004 by Genesco, Inc. Lids and Hat World have more than 1,130 locations, mainly in malls, airports, and factory outlet stores. Most locations offer embroidery and custom designs.
Footaction USA, often called Footaction, was founded in 1974 in New York, New York. The company operates a nationwide chain of athletic shoe stores, as well as an eCommerce site.
The company is best known for having the latest shoe style, even if they are sometimes only available online. The official “Release Calendar” can be viewed online. This Calendar shows when companies such as Nike and Jordan, plan to release their new styles. In addition to shoes, the company also sells name brand athletic wear, such as Nike, Jordan, and Adidas. Footaction currently has more than 319 stores in the US and Puerto Rico.
Footaction now operates as a subsidiary of Foot Locker, who purchased the company in 2004 from Footstar, who was filing for bankruptcy, for approximately $350 million. Most stores are located in shopping malls and average 2,900 square feet, however, there are some older, stand alone locations.