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Sports Depot caters to every sports, and then some

Date Posted: 2001-08-03

Those who have complained the lack of variety when it comes to buying sports goods can stop now. The whining is over, the help can be found at Sports Depot, a new large store that is a part of a shopping complex in Omoromachi, Naha City.

Judging from weekend crowds the shop is a hit. Most shoppers were impressed by the variety and the prices that are amazingly reasonable. And whether your sport is track and field or skateboarding the variety of equipment to choose from is nothing short of amazing.

“I finally found a store that is a little like home. Sports Depot is like a giant Foot Locker. I saw the store advertised in a Japanese paper, and checked it out,” said an enthusiastic American English teacher who called himself Kim and who has been on Okinawa about three years. “When I got there I was surprised by all of the variety and parking. I was really surprised to find out how cheap the tennis shoes were. I didn’t buy the shoes, but I did buy a skim board. What was cool too, was it is a shopping area, so there were other stores to visit. The shopping area had a variety of restaurants. I’d go back again, the area was clean and open. I’m thinking about buying some camping gear, because they definitely have enough.“

An American couple strolling on the aisle was equally pleased. “My husband and I came to look at some golf clubs. They were a little more expensive than what we want to pay. But, the sports clothes are inexpensive. I think it great they also cater to kids. I finally found a place where I can buy a shirt that fits and someone else isn’t wearing.”

Jerry Burke, an Australian who is in Okinawa as a participant to the government’s JET program, said he found the place almost by accident. “This is the kind of place people need to advertise. I never heard of the place, but saw it on my way to Naha. The whole shopping center is great. You can do some shopping, eat, and enjoy yourself. And you don’t have to worry about parking. “

To get there, drive south on Hwy 58 towards Naha. Turn left at the traffic light in front of Ekka Hotel (large, blue building on top of the hill before Naha’s central area), and the Sports Depot is on the left. Free parking is available around and on top of the building.

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