A visit to Zumiez Headquarters
18 Mar, 2010
Zumiez is known as the mall skate/snowboard shop that caters to the younger demographic but for many places it can be the only skate/snowboard shop and with multiple stores around the country they are one of the most known shops despite not being “core”. In my own personal case, I bought my first setup from Zumiez in Seattle back in 1994 when it was my local snowboard shop. Despite their large corporation appearance, the employees that run the company behind the scenes are young and just as interested in skate/snowboarding as anyone else on the mountain.
Zumiez has stores across the country but their headquarters are based out of Everett, Washington just north of Seattle. The headquarters is where the magic happens which impacts the thousands of stores around the country. This office houses the buyers to accounting to handling the online sales.
When you walk into the Zumiez headquarters, a comfy couch is there to greet and remind you of your local store. At least for me it did, you know the couch setup with the snowboard dvd’s you could watch for hours without being bothered.
Receptionist desk greeting everyone who comes in
Thousands of stores around the country
Each hallway has Zumiez momentos, this hallway showcased their 100K event for Zumiez employees each year. They bring out top sellers from stores around the country and give them days on snow & parties with tons of companies and athletes.
Mix of snowboard and skate gear around the building
The Wall of Shame of childhood photos that you’ll never forget but now can laugh about them. They had some really great ones!
A mix of offices, each person is talking distance to the next and open room environment.
During the visit to the buyers offices, I was able to visit with the Zumiez crew that I met and rode with earlier this winter at Buffalo Pass.
Kate was my tour guide and is one of the Zumiez buyers
Josh and Ben
Liz the Zumiez shoe buyer was overwhelmed at her desk with shoes
Graphic Designers offices
The Tech Department for Zumiez
Conference Room for the big important meetings
Cafeteria for Zumiez employees
Backstock for summer items
The warehouse lounge area
Zumiez warehouse workers
The warehouse for Zumiez is massive and was busy with workers packaging and sorting boxes to go out to stores. Zumiez just announced they’ll be moving their distribution warehouse to southern california which resulted in layoffs but this warehouse will continue it’s online distribution.
A huge thanks to Kate for showing me around Zumiez and taking time from her day to do it!