CLIFTON PARK — A longtime staple in the region's sporting community has recently opened its second store—this one in Clifton Park.
Sievert’s Sporting Goods opened in Amsterdam in the 1980s and only a few weeks ago opened its Clifton Park location, said owner Randy Wojdyla. The move was the result of a multi-year plan to expand the business, he said.
Wojdyla, who is originally from Pittsburgh but raised his children in Amsterdam, has always been active in the local sports scene. His now-adult children have played sports their entire lives, and the family got to know the community well during that time.
“Throughout the rounds, we’ve really met a lot of great people in the Clifton Park area through sports,” he said.
Wojdyla first opened the doors to his shop, then located off a side street in Amsterdam, in 1981. Sievert’s was there for seven years until making a move to a store on Route 30 in the same city.
Some expansion happened at that building, Wojdyla said, including building a warehouse and the creation of an online store.
Two or three years ago, his family members brought up the idea of moving into Clifton Park to fill a need they saw for a hometown sporting goods store.
After considering the move for a few years and analyzing the business as well as the economy, the company finally settled on buying property on Crossings Boulevard in town.
“There’s not a place to go for sports gear,” he said. “so here we are.”
SieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEvert’s offers a wide variety of sports gear, from shoes to uniforms to professional player merchandise. The company also works with schools often to provide school apparel for sports teams, including the Shenendehowa Central School District, Wojdyla said.
The sports industry, Wojdyla said, is largely recession proof because sports equipment is a necessity for many athletes. Some athletes might need gear right away, which is where his business really comes into play, Wojdyla said.
Also contributing to the success of his business is the popularity of youth sports. Youth sports, as they were for his own kids, Wojdyla said, remain an easy way for parents to involve their children in their communities and connect them to their peers. Steiver’s provides not only gear, but also customized awards and trophies for the end of the season.
“It’s a great outlet and that’s why we’re here" he said. "We’re here to service the community and make things easier for them."
For now, Wojdyla plans to keep the Amsterdam store open at least through the winter holiday season. He doesn’t yet know if it will remain in operation after that, but maintained that whatever happens, he’ll stick around despite his 39 years in the business to make sure there is success at the new store.
“We’re not going to leave many stones unturned. There’s really a need for the area,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere soon.”