Local retailer will soon open its third location in Butler County

Fleet Feet Cincinnati, which has two locations in Hamilton County, plans to open a third location this spring in Butler County. The new location at 7661 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp. will hire four full-time employees. CONTRIBUTED
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Fleet Feet Cincinnati, which has two locations in Hamilton County, plans to open a third location this spring in Butler County. The new location at 7661 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp. will hire four full-time employees. CONTRIBUTED

A local running retailer “committed to inspiring and empowering the runner in everyone” plans to open a third location this spring in Butler County.

Fleet Feet Cincinnati is set to open at 7661 Voice of America Drive in West Chester Twp.’s Voice of America Centre shopping plaza, according to co-owners Frank and Stacey DeJulius.

“We’re committed to making running as accessible as possible for Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs, and we recognized there was an opportunity to better support and serve runners in the northern communities,” said Frank DeJulius.

The store is tentatively scheduled to open by late April, DeJulius told this news outlet.

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When it opens, the 1,400-square-foot store will employ a full-time staff of four and feature the brand’s exclusive outfitting experience, fit idTM, which includes 3-D foot scanning and personalized solution recommendations from the store’s outfitters.

The store will also offer premium running gear from brands including Brooks, Nike, ASICS, New Balance, and Saucony, as well as Karhu, Fleet Feet’s exclusive in-house running shoe brand that recently launched the first shoe informed by the 3-D foot scans of more than 100,000 customers, called the Ikoni.

Additionally, the store will kick off Fleet Feet Running Club this fall. That initiative offers training programs for runners of all levels at various distances for road, track, and trail.

Frank and Stacey DeJulius have owned Fleet Feet Cincinnati locations in Blue Ash since 2001 and Oakley since 2014 along with their long-time general manager, Meredith Rairden.

DeJulius said it offers the area’s largest training program for the Flying Pig Marathon, which last year saw more than 800 of runners and walkers.

For more information, visit www.fleetfeetcincy.com.

Bambu

Also coming to Butler County this year is a franchise location of Bambu, which serves Asian-inspired Chè, boba teas, Vietnamese coffees, exotic fruit smoothies and fresh juices ordered directly off its menu or custom-made.

Located in the same plaza as Fricker's and Pho Vietnamese Noodles, the new business at 7844 Kingland Dr. in West Chester Twp. will be the first Bambu in Ohio.

Its specialty is house-made, vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy-free Chè, a Vietnamese word for home-made beverages, dessert drinks and puddings. Bambu says its Chè is “made to order using freshly cut coconut water or daily prepared coconut milk combined with select exotic, healthy and delicious ingredients.”

Those ingredients, which the company said are prepared daily, including pandan jelly, basil seed, fresh coconut juice, sugarcane and longan.

There are no details yet on an opening date from the chain, which has more than 70 locations nationwide, the majority of them in California and Texas. For more information, visit www.drinkbambu.com.