Employees of Journeys Group, a retail division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary with a citywide giving event on Tuesday, March 15 as part of the retailer’s annual global sales meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
“One of our core values is ‘an attitude that cares.’ Spending the day giving back to the Nashville community was an extraordinary way for our employees to celebrate Journeys Group 30th anniversary while saying thank you to our hometown,” said Jim Estepa, president and chief executive officer of Journeys Group. “We opened the first Journeys store in 1986 at Rivergate Mall, and today still call Nashville home with more than 1,300 stores in seven countries operating under seven banners.”
Throughout the day, 665 Journeys Group employees served at 11 non-profit organizations around the city focusing on projects that support children, young adults and families. The service day culminated at Cole Elementary, where employees fit 835 students with a free pair of new shoes.
“We are deeply appreciative of the support and volunteerism of the more than 650 Genesco and Journeys employees who attended today’s event,” said United Way of Metropolitan Nashville President & CEO Eric Dewey. “United Way is fortunate to have transformational partnerships with 325 corporations like Genesco and Journeys who are dedicated to making a better Nashville for everyone.”
Sites visited throughout the day included:
- Cole Elementary School
- Bethlehem Family Resource Center
- Fall Hamilton Family Resource Center
- Napier Family Resource Center
- Oasis Center
- Pearl Cohn High School Family Resource Center
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- St. Luke's Family Resource Center
- The SPARK Programs
- United Way’s Stuff the Bus program
About Journeys Group
Journeys Group is the leading specialty retailer featuring branded fashion footwear and accessories with 1,340 stores in seven countries serving guys and girls from toddler to adult. Journeys Group operates seven banners in North America and Europe including Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Underground by Journeys, Schuh, Schuh Kids and Little Burgundy. Journeys Group is a division of Genesco Inc.
Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 815 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13 to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens that seek the hottest, new styles. However, the Journeys store is more than a retail environment — it's an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers' lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through journeys.com, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events. Journeys — An Attitude You Can Wear!