Christi Beth's Journey from Employee to Operating Partner


Our unique Operating Partner Program was designed to put smart, driven people in a position to run their own store and share in the success. 

We are looking for people:

  • With leadership qualities and a strong work ethic
  • Who love to engage with people and help them achieve their fitness goals 
  • Who strive to be leaders in their communities on health and fitness
  • Who have a deep ambition to run their own business
  • Who believe in themselves and want to invest in their future

What are the requirements going in? 

  • Mobility: You may be asked to move more than once. 
  • Flexibility: We can't tell you exactly how long the journey will take or where it will take you. 
  • Retail Experience: Retail experience is a plus. You don't need to have worked at a Fleet Feet Sports store but we love to work with existing Fleet Feet Sports employees. 
  • If you are genuinely interested in this program and still need to gain retail experience, a job in one of our stores will help you in the process.


The success of every Fleet Feet Sports store is a direct result of our owners and operators who educate their customers and become health and fitness resources for their communities. Here are the steps involved:

1. INQUIRE—A Fleet Feet, Inc. employee will then contact you to schedule a call to talk you through the process and answer questions.

2. VISIT WITH OUR TEAM—Visit the Fleet Feet, Inc. office in North Carolina. Here you will learn details about the program and meet our staff. This will help you and us determine if this program is a good FIT for you.

3. TRAIN AND DEVELOP—During this time you will train in all of the areas where you need additional development.

4. BECOME A GENERAL MANAGER—Your next step is into the role of a General Manager in your own store. You will have the opportunity to take over an existing Fleet Feet Sports store, an independent running store that is ready to sell, or to help us open a new store from the ground up. To reach this step, employees are ranked by their preparedness and geographic flexibility. Our goal is to place you in your store within 18 months of attending Discovery Days. We do our best to match you with a market you'll love but candidates also need to be flexible. You will hold the role of GM for at least one year and train on every aspect of operating a store. 

5. BECOME AN OPERATING PARTNER—After serving as GM for at least one year and demonstrating the ability to operate the store, the GM is given the opportunity to become an Operating Partner. At this point, you have the ability to earn bonuses and a percentage of all profits. This program allows you to become the operator of your own store and part of a national brand. Come and make your passion your career! We'll be with you every step of the way.

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