Ritchies Sporting Goods recently celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday in Tallmadge.

Robert Ritchie started Ritchies Sporting Goods in his basement in 1979. Robert is the father of 16 kids (10 girls and six boys) and all of them were former runners at Tallmadge High School and Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow. They were known as the "Running Ritchies."

One of Robert’s sons, Shawn, is now the store’s owner. Another one of Robert’s sons, Nate, has worked at Ritchies Sporting Goods since the beginning.

The store expanded in 2007. When it first started, it was strictly a bicycle shop. Ritchies now has 21 employees.

The store sells shoes and sporting equipment. It also customizes in screen printing and embroidery, along with providing custom trophies.