The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Top sports, a leading sports retailer in China, have joined hands with Nike, the official on-court apparel provider of the NBA, to open the largest NBA Store outside North Americ. The new retail space is located at the Intime Mall, Wangfujing in Beijing.
Operated by TTop sports the Beijing flagship NBA Store offers 1,145 square meters of retail space over two floors, with a wide variety of products including jerseys, footwear, NBA Style apparel, headwear, kids apparel, collectibles, basketballs, accessories and memorabilia.
“Our largest NBA Store outside North America underscores the NBA’s long-standing commitment to serving our fans in China,” said NBA China CEO Derek Chang. “As the appetite for official NBA products continues to grow in China, this brand-new retail space will provide fans with authentic NBA gear and accessories, exclusive memorabilia and localized products that celebrate their passion for the NBA.”
“Our goal is to make the Beijing flagship NBA Store a landmark for NBA fans in Beijing by offering them the new retail experience and wide category of merchandise,” said Deputy General Manager of Topsports Tian Zhong. “We will leverage our extensive retail experience to work closely with the NBA and Nike to provide a variety of products, good customer experience and membership service to all the NBA fans in China.”
One floor a the NBA Store is designed as a Nike Hoop Dreams space and includes sections for Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand, offering authentic Nike jerseys, swingman jerseys, team apparel, footwear and limited-edition products. For the first time, fans in mainland China can customize jerseys from their favorite teams through “NBA ME,” an offline jersey personalization service at the Beijing flagship NBA Store.
The NBA Hardwood Classics section is the largest of its kind in mainland China and offers a wide selection of Mitchell & Ness jerseys and vintage NBA apparel. Fans will also find a line of authentic NBA headwear from New Era, including NBA Draft caps, team caps and championship caps throughout the NBA season. A Spalding ball wall provides fans a variety of Spalding basketball products including the NBA official game ball. Meanwhile, NBA Style fashion apparel and caps on the second floor offer dynamic lifestyle apparel and accessories to both men and women. A wide selection of fan gear for kids can also be found in the NBA Kids area.
“The entire floor of Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand space is created to bring the most innovative basketball offerings and personalized service and experiences to NBA fans in China,” said Ari Chen, General Manager of Nike Basketball in Greater China. “As the official partner of NBA oncourt apparel and a long-term strategic partner of Topsports, we are happy to take our partnerships of developing the Chinese market to the next level and will continue to work together to unleash the passion and unlock the inspiration of basketball lovers in China.”
The exterior of the Beijing flagship NBA Store features a giant NBA Logoman with its iconic red, white and blue silhouette that can be easily seen from Wangfujing Avenue. The interior of the store is inspired by authentic NBA arenas, with a hardwood floor, player graphics with actual body measurements, a gallery of autographed game-used jerseys, and a “jumbotron” that enables shoppers to view NBA content and game highlights. A “Wall of Fame” on the second floor also allows NBA players and legends who visit the store to leave their autograph and well wishes to Chinese fans.