Marketplace: Sport Clips opens in Kimball Junction
February 4, 2019
Dennis Hansen and Amanda Medell were both searching for new opportunities.
Hansen, who lives in South Jordan, was eager to expand his Sport Clips franchises, and Medell, a resident of Clearfield, was looking for a hair stylist position that allowed her the flexibility to do what she loves. The chance to open a Sport Clips in Park City seemed like a good solution for them both.
Hansen recently opened Park City's Sport Clips, a barbershop that specializes in cutting men's and boys' hair. The business opened on Dec. 18, in the Kimball Junction shopping center, with Medell as the manager.
Sport Clips, a national brand, was created 26 years ago as a hair salon that was tailored to men. All the locations have a sports theme, complete with TVs showing games and team decorations lining the walls. The business aims to provide efficient, quality service, and has a special "MVP offering" where men can get pampered with a steamed towel and scalp massage. Hansen started getting his own hair cut at Sport Clips five years ago. He enjoyed going to a place where he felt comfortable.
"Men don't want to go into places where they smell perm solutions, they don't want to wait with the ladies and their rollers," he said.
His passion for the business is what ultimately convinced him to leave his career in corporate finance and become the owner of three Sport Clips franchises. He opened his first location in Sandy in 2012.
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He opened a second one in Midvale in 2015 and then, in the fall of 2017, looked into expanding again. He, like many Sport Clips franchise owners, had considered bringing the brand to Park City, and he heard about a new building going up in the Kimball Junction area. He contacted the owner of the property, who happened to be a Sport Clips client himself, and signed the paperwork to move the barbershop in.
The building was completed in April of last year, and Hansen spent the rest of the year getting ready to launch.
It was during that time that Hansen found Medell, a seasoned hair stylist who has been in and out of the industry since 2002. Last year, she was on the hunt for a job at a salon where she could focus on cutting hair rather than marketing herself.
Sport Clips checked off all of her boxes.
Since joining the company, she said she loves spending her time and energy cutting hair rather than trying to gather clients.
"When I'm done I feel good, I feel accomplished, I feel like I made a difference in people's lives, which makes me feel successful," she said. "And at the end of the day I can go home and I don't have to think about work anymore."
Plus, she said, she likes providing a "spa-like experience in a quick, fast-paced, modern environment."
Getting the business off the ground has been a challenge for the duo, even with their years of experience. One of the obstacles to overcome is hiring, which is one of the reasons Sport Clips owners have not moved into the Park City market before, Hansen said. He said the business currently has half the staff it needs. Business has been booming, but, he said, they are trying to figure out how to keep up.
"There's always a little bit of a challenge, but what I've found is that if you are just persistent, keep pushing and keep having the faith, it will all work out," he said.
"My head is up," Medell added.
Medell and Hansen are thriving in the energy of opening a new business. Seeing clients leave happy is worth it to them.
"Every person that walks out feels like a success story, so I'm excited to take the next one, even if it's a grind," Medell said.
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