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Super Bowl champion merchandise arriving
Seattle Seahawks merchandise branded with their Super Bowl championship has already started trickling into Oak Harbor with larger shipments expected throughout the week.
Retail outlets such as Big 5 Sporting Goods, Albertsons grocery store and Walmart will carry Seahawks merchandise boasting their championship in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Big 5 got a shipment of blue and gray “Super Bowl champion” T-shirts Tuesday morning and Walmart was supposed to receive its first shipment of items by Tuesday afternoon.
Albertsons, which has an entire section of its store devoted to a Seahawks “Team Shop,” is planning for a big shipment of merchandise Wednesday and should have items out for sale by noon.
“I don’t have any plans of ending it at this point,” Albertsons store manager Clint Brock said of the store’s Seahawks Team Shop.
Albertsons will carry NFL-licensed T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other items branded with Seattle’s accomplishment.
“It’s incredibly exciting as a fan and even as a business leader,” Brock said. “It’s really good for the community.”
Donna Wanless, manager at Big 5, said that official Super Bowl Seahawks jerseys are expected to arrive next week.
“They’ll have ‘Super Bowl champions’ on them,” she said.
The impact of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run has been big on some local businesses.
Employees at the Whidbey Party Store in Oak Harbor could finally catch their breath after gearing up for Sunday’s Super Bowl, said store owner Robyn Kolaitis.
“I could say compared to last year, we did in 10 days what we did in the entire month of January,” Kolaitis said, referring to the impact of the Super Bowl on her business.
Her store sold about 200 12th man flags and went through nearly all of its blue and green balloons.
“It was so much fun,” Kolaitis said. “We were swamped.
“This was excellent for bringing people into the store who hadn’t been to the store before.”