For decades, Bob’s Sea and Ski was a staple on Pope’s Island in New Bedford. The ski and dive shop was owned and operated by Bob Mercer.
Bob stayed there for 28 years until he got tired of fighting the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge, threw in the towel and moved his business to Fairhaven. It is now located next to Baycoast Bank on Alden Road.
Bob’s Sea and Ski left the storefront six years ago this month. Since the move, this space on Pope’s Island has remained idle.
Fun 107 has learned that a sporting goods store is taking over the space and set to open to the public in the coming weeks. The store will be called Whaling City Sporting Goods and the grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, October 15.
Whaling City Sporting Goods will be a store where you can purchase sports equipment for a variety of sports such as hockey, lacrosse, softball, baseball, field hockey and water sports.
As they wait for their inventory to arrive and begin laying the groundwork in the store, Whaling City has already turned on its skate sharpening machine and is offering the service.
In addition to sporting goods, Whaling City Sporting Goods will offer screen prints for teams or groups. He will also have the ability to embroider things such as team jackets.
The only other sporting goods store similar to what Whaling City Sporting Goods should offer is the legendary Corner Sports store across from New Bedford High School. This hockey store has been around forever, but it’s in a completely different area of Pope’s Island.
Being located so close to the New Bedford line will allow the new store to also serve Fairhaven and the Tri-Town area.
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