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This story originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal. Kidder Mathews broker, Michael Hironimus, assisted Goetz Bros with the site identification.
Goetz Brothers leaves downtown Redwood City: After 80 years, sporting goods store moving to San Carlos
San Carlos has snagged another business away from Redwood City, as Goetz Brothers departed downtown this weekend for a new, bigger space on Industrial Road.
The sporting goods store transformed over the years from a card and gift store when it first opened in downtown Redwood City in 1937 to a business that rented, repaired and sold typewriters.
Owner Steve Goetz remembers the day his family moved the business three doors down on Broadway to its current location at 2629 Broadway in 1958.
He was 9 years old.
His grandparents Frank and Maude were the original owners and sold musical instruments and toys out of a storefront on 2639 Broadway.
His father Frank and Uncle Joe then took over the business that would be called Goetz Brothers.
Steve and his wife Carolyn took over the business in 1979 and now a fourth generation of the Goetz family, brothers Brent and Marc, run the business daily.
“I forced them to work,” Steve said about his boys when they were younger.
At one time, the family even had a second store in downtown San Carlos that specialized in typewriter repair.
The new location is at 1125 Industrial Blvd. at the Brittan Corners shopping center where an REI and Office Depot are located adjacent to Brittan Avenue.
The store remained open in downtown Redwood City until Saturday afternoon. The remaining inventoryc was then be moved that night and the next couple of days to the new San Carlos location, expected to open Tuesday.
Much of the inventory has already been moved and the remaining inventory should be easy to stock on shelves, Steve said Thursday.
Goetz Brothers has been a team sports store since the late 1990s now and services sports such as lacrosse, volleyball, baseball, football and rugby. It also specializes in making custom-made uniforms.
Shoes are also a big seller and the store has plenty of 49ers, Giants and Warriors gear, including Kevin Durant T-shirts.
The store is not moving, however, after 80 years on Broadway because of the building’s recent ownership change and the possibility of rent increases.
It needed more space and parking, which there will be plenty of in San Carlos, Steve said.
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