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About Us

Our History


"Trading Post's Skate Exchange" was founded at 9th and Marquette by Walter Pierce


John and Barbara decide to diversify into ski equipment and clothing and change the name to Pierce Skate & Ski


December 21st, our shop at 3701 Nicolet Avenue in Minneapolis burned to the ground at a total loss, prompting our eventual relocation the following year to 9801 Nicollet Avenue in Bloomington.


Constructed and moved into our current location at 208 West 98th Street.


Four generations of Pierces (left to right)
John, Walter, Bart & Tyler and "Yes" Tyler is muckiest bigger these days ;)

1999/2002/2004/2008/2009/2012/2014 7X Midwest Regional Shop of the Year

Just as the world's elite elite racers compete for World Cup honors, ski retailers have competed (through 2015) for Snowsports Industries of Americas "Ski Retailer of the Year" honors. Our shop received this honor a record setting 7 times. No other shop in the industry can make the same claim.


Since our humble beginnings the 'retail' landscape has dramatically changed but there still is a place for the family owned & operated specialty store the stresses customer service. Since 1936 our family & award winning staff have strictly abided by the following:
"To provide the finest in equipment, clothing & service to our customers through our active participation in and passion for the sports that we sell."
– Bart Pierce
Thank you for your patronage.
Bart, Terri & Tyler Pierce and the other 26 members of our extended family

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