Dick's executive Hennion said he sees the purchase of Chick's as more than just a deal involving retail location. He said Dick's also gets a management team to educate them and help them with the transition.
1st all of the Chick's stores are mostly speciality stores. They do not fit into the Dick's model for size and volume.
2nd Chicks's management style is not the same as Dick's. Chick's is a Family owned company. Most of the the advancment in Chick's is from within. This is not the same at Dick's. Within the past three years most of Dick's middle managment postions have been filled by outsiders that have limited experience in the sporting goods industry. This has caused exceptional store managners and assistant managers with sporting goods experience to be discontented and leave the company.
3rd it will take approximately one year for most of the Chick's assistant and store managers to realize that their advancement has been stiflied after they have been mico managed by the regional and district managers of Dick's. Then the customer service rendered will start to go down hill with loss of the previous Chick's employees.
If Dick's is truly waking up they will have to change their advancement psychology. Time will tell.