Sadly I have to report that New Jersey is losing another ski industry business. Greg Pier, owner of Heino’s Ski Shop is retiring to spend more time with his family.
HEINO’S SKI SHOP WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS FOREVER ON APRIL 30, 2017.
The clearance sale starts on February 20, 2017. Even if you don’t need any new equipment – stop in and say goodbye to Greg and his excellent staff.
I am saddened that the best ski shop in the state will soon be gone. I’m sure most of you have gone to Heino’s at some time to get new equipment. Or maybe you shopped at one of their famous Columbus Day Weekend Ski Swap Sales.
This shop has outfitted New Jersey’s ski racers and general skiers for many years. Some went on to become members of the US Ski Team and a few even participated in several Winter Olympics.
I found this on a website and it says it better than I could about the history of the shop:
Originally named Heino’s Ski Parlour when first established in the winter of 1975. The founder, Heino Nowak, specifically chose the word “Parlour” to distinguish his authentic European ski shop from the many less experienced shops of the time. Heino learned to ski in his native home, Austria, during the 40’s and 50’s and brought that experience and authentic “touch of the Alps” with him to Northern New Jersey when he opened Heino’s Ski Parlour. His passion for the sport and everything surrounding it was obvious to all who met him. Every skier in the area knew Heino’s was where you went for expert advice and the best service from an experienced, hard working staff. Today, the Austrian accent is gone, but the passion still remains. Over the years HEINOS has evolved into a multi-sport shop, adding snowboarding and cycling to the original ski -oriented “Parlour”. Many on our staff are USSA Ski Coaches, New England Cycling Academy mechanics and Master Fit University boot fitters who bring their combined experience and expertise to every aspect of HEINO’S. We at HEINO’S SKI & CYCLE definitely believe in, and live everyday by our slogan…. “CONQUERING MOUNTAINS YEAR ROUND”
Greg Pier took over the shop from Heino Nowak and has worked for about 60 to 70 hours a week from September to May every year. During the summer – Greg operated a highly successful bike shop out of the store also.
Where will we go now to get service like we got at Heino’s? People came from other states to get their boots fit by Greg and his staff. That is the kind of word of mouth reputation that this shop had.
Some of the boot fitters may go to another location but nothing has been announced yet.
I wish Greg and his staff the best of everything in their future. HEINO’S SKI & CYCLE will be missed by everyone.
I am really sad to be adding this wonderful ski/bike shop to my lost New Jersey ski list.