PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The selling power of Pittsburgh Steelers merchandise is so great that the Honus Wagner store has placed new orders.
That wouldn’t be unusual, except for the fact that the Pittsburgh landmark is scheduled to close next month.
The sporting goods store, named for Pittsburgh Pirates great, has been serving sports fans since 1917.
Standard practice when going out of business is to sell off all the inventory and to not order anything else. However, the Steelers have changed that, at least temporarily.
Playoff success has employees unloading boxes of new merchandise.
Michael Pumpsano and his sons were at the AFC Championship Game against the New York Jets.
“We’re all from New York and my two sons and I, we’re all Steelers fans. Black and gold and true blue,” Pumpsano said.
Dede Metro is as true blue as it gets and hasn’t missed a game in 41 years. She’s also loyal to the store where she works.
“Everybody knows Honus Wagner. Playoffs, Super bowl. So, we are getting, we have the championship shirts. We’ll be getting Super Bowl items and then probably the doors will close,” Metro said.
It will end a tradition that spans generations, but the Steelers will help the store to go out on a high note.