Joseph’s Sporting Goods Moving To Waterville
Joseph’s Sporting Goods has been a fixture on Main Street in Fairfield for nearly 80 years. Now they’re on the move.When the owners recently decided to retire and sell the business, they didn’t have to look far to find a buyer. David Winkin has worked at Joseph’s for 23 years and jumped at the chance to buy it. “I started working here and it was great,” Winkin said Thursday. “Loved it. Loved sports. Always played sports all my life. Grew up around sports with my father.”His father is none other than Maine baseball coaching legend John Winkin. It didn’t take long for David to find a business partner who also has University of Maine ties. Mike Latendresse, who won a national championship as a member of the Black Bear hockey team in 1993, and currently coaches hockey at Messalonskee High School in Oakland. “I’ve always been interested in purchasing or starting a sporting goods store,” Latendresse said. “The history and the building is a big part of what Joseph’s is all about.”But a building this old, with this many memories, is inevitably showing signs of its age. It’s become too costly to try to keep the old building up to code. The new owners say the sprinkler system would need to be replaced and handicap ramps installed just for starters. Some of the repairs and additions needed to get the building up to code may not even be possible. So Joseph’s is about to enter a new chapter, in a new city. “It’s tough,” Winkin said. “We didn’t want to go, but we just kind of had to because of the building and stuff.”The move will leave a big hole in downtown Fairfield. “It’s going to be a sad day when we move out of Fairfield,” Latendresse said. “For us to be able to grow the business and continue on with the Joseph’s name, we felt that we had to move.”But they’re not going far. They’re packing up their store and bringing all of their employees just over 5 miles away to 146 Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville, the building that once housed a medical supply store. “It’s an exciting location, very busy, a lot of parking, fresh clean look to the store,” said Latendresse.The owners say the new location will allow them room to grow which means new jobs, both full and part time. “We’ll need to do some hiring. We’ll definitely need other employees.”The move, which will be preceded by a massive moving sale next week, is scheduled to take place at the end of the month.