Visitors to Triangle Aquatic Center near Cary Towne Center are now able to stock up on swimsuits and gear at the facility’s new Trident Swim Shop.
Retail sales director Shannon Hall said the store will benefit swimmers from across the Triangle.
“We have such a huge presence in the Triangle,” she said. “Not only do we cater to year-round teams and competitive swimmers, we have a general public that walks through every day and they need supplies.”
More than 400,000 people visit TAC annually for recreation and competition use.
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A former occupant of the space was run by an outside company. Trident is owned and run by the Triangle Aquatic Center, Hall said.
Trident opened April 1, and Hall is stocking the store with inventory sought by the swimming community.
“We go straight to the source and get top-of-the-line products,” she said. “We don’t get them second-hand or through a warehouse.
“When I have a Speedo swimsuit here, it’s a Speedo. We have the real deal.”
In addition to practice suits and competition level technical suits, Trident has training gear, including snorkels, fins, goggles, ear and nose plugs and mesh bags.
“We try to cater to everyone,” Hall said. “We carry all price points.”
Trident is one of the few retail stores to carry the popular iSwim brand.
Hall, whose children are competitive swimmers, understands the need for a good deal but encourages customers to look at the bottom line. TAC is a non-profit facility, and Trident’s proceeds are used for facility operations and improvements.
“The first thing they look for is a sale or a discount,” she said. “I remind our regulars that the money they spend goes right back into supporting their team.”
Hall enjoys helping newcomers to swimming.
“We can help someone pick out that swimsuit that fits and goggles that fit,” she said. “Newbies need guidance. It’s fun.”
The recent closing of a Raleigh swim store left a void on the other side of the Triangle, she said.
“Swim teams have reached out to us in a panic wondering who was going to help them with their suits,” she said.
Hall said that Trident, being brand new, was not immediately prepared to fill that need.
“You can bet we’ll be ready next year,” she said. “We’re it this side of Raleigh.
“We have new stuff all the time. We are always looking to improve, and that’s hard to do when you’re trying to find donations.”
Hall said Trident’s mission mirrors that of TAC. The center opened to educate swimmers and prevent drownings.
“I’m hoping that in six months Trident will look totally different. I’m excited about the changes to come.”
About Trident Swim Shop
Location: Triangle Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Drive, Cary
Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; extended hours during swim meets.