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26th annual Canoe & Kayak Industry Awards Announced: CKS Voted 2011 Retailer Of The Year

CKS Voted 2011 Retailer Of The Year

CKS was recently voted retailer of the year by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Pretty cool eh? There’s a whole lot of paddle shops out there in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are massive e-commece franchises with brick and mortar locations in every state, and others are smaller shops that cater to local walk in traffic. So how did CKS get voted top dog? What’s the deal? We got in touch with Nick Hinds from C+K to find out more about this award.

Here are some cool facts that we found out:

    • Canoe & Kayak Magazine is in their 38th year of business. They have an enormous circulation and certainly are the largest print publication in the world of paddlesports.
    • The retailer award has been given out for the past 26 years. Colorado Kayak Supplywon the award in 2005, 2007 and now in 2011.

      The CKS Retail Store Located at 327 E. Main St. In Buena Vista, CO 81211

    • Retailer of the Year –An award voted on by industry companies and vendors whose products are sold on a storefront or retail level across the world. Each contact the publisher Jim Marsh and Advertising Director (Nick Hinds) have in our client list is polled to see who they think has provided the best service to the industry and end consumer throughout the year.

      The 2011 retailer of the year award.

    • Canoe and Kayak has over 198,000 readers per issue. Subscriptions  are just $19.99 for 6 issues over one year!
    • I spoke with Earl Richmond, an owner of CKS, and he said that “it’s an honor to be chosen as the retailer of the year, because the award is voted on by our manufacturers. These companies sell to much larger dealers, who spend much more money. They appreciate the CKS style of business and dedication to growing the sport in a positive manner.

Much of the commerce that happens at CKS takes place within the warehouse / e-commerce sales center. Boats, SUP's and paddling gear are shipped all over the world on a daily basis.

This is the man responsible for determining the inventory levels of retail equipment for sale at Colorado Kayak Supply.

A truck load of WaveSport kayaks coming into the warehouse. 18 wheelers roll in every few days or so in the summer.

The worlds greatest paddlesports shop needs none other than the worlds greatest staff to be successful.

CKS has the largest selection of stand up paddleboards and kayaks in the Rockies.

Much of the square footage of the retail store is dedicated to paddling accessories like PFD's, spray skirts, paddles and helmets.

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