GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - When a business turns 85 years old, as Reynolds & Sons Sporting Goods did this year, it can consider itself established. But, to reach that upper stratosphere of longevity, a business has to change with the times - and even reinvent itself along the way.
The longstanding downtown retailer, which has always been located at 12 Monroe Center NW, opened in 1927 as Goebel & Brown Sporting Goods. The business became Reynolds & Brown in 1961 when Stephen Reynolds purchased the Goebel interest.
The Reynolds family then bought out Richard Brown in 1982 and the store became Reynolds & Sons. The sons were Jeff and Stephen II. Jeff purchased Stephen's share in 1996 and has been the sole owner since then.
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