Seeing sales opportunities among ecstatic Flyers fans, Aramark will open four "team store outposts" to sell jerseys, Flyers souvenirs, and Stanley Cup merchandise.
The Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference finals on Monday, ushering them into the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997. The Flyers will play the Blackhawks for the Cup, beginning Saturday in Chicago.
"This town is really excited," Ike Richman, spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, said Tuesday. The company owns the Flyers and operates the Wachovia Center.
The four stores will open by Thursday. They will be located in the retail area in the lobby of the Comcast Center; in a street-level space at Aramark headquarters; and in the gift shops at the Kimmel Center and the National Constitution Center, said Aramark spokesman David Freireich.
Aramark operates the Flyers outlets at the Wachovia Center, the team's home ice, and the gift shops at the Kimmel and Constitution Centers.
The stores in the Comcast Center and Aramark tower will sell only hockey merchandise, while the gift shops will sell Flyers and other merchandise.
The hockey team also is selling jerseys and special gear in a tent outside the Wachovia Center. The tent opened after the game Monday night. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.