Waterbury has had it's share of sporting goods stores, and dicks over the years, but it's never had Dick's Sporting Goods. That will all change next week though, as the store that was formerly Toys R Us in the Brass Mill Commons on Union Street, completes it's transformation from the World's Greatest Toys Store to sporting good nirvana.

Mrs. Large works at a store in the Plaza, and honestly, it's kinda been a sad place since Geoffrey left town. It will be nice to have some legit foot traffic back at a lively store in the plaza, instead of being chased by the scooter lady that always seems to be a few dollars short of a value meal.

I can tell you that Dick's has a really big opening weekend planned for their newest location, including an appearance from former NY Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck. They really have something planned everyday for the grand opening event. You can check out a comprehensive list of things, and print out a really good value coupon, by clicking HERE.

Some of the highlights are: 'Soft opening" days on Wednesday and Thursday October 9-10, numerous daily giveaways of merchandise and gift cards, and as mentioned before, an appearance by NY Giant Justin Tuck.

It's nice to have someplace new to stop into and shop around, the void left by The Sports Authority by Home Depot has been felt for awhile in the city. Good luck Dick's, I hope that you help out Waterbury's athlete's for a long time coming.