Suffolk Athlete’s Foot store changes hands
Posted 7:44 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022
Joe Delphry, franchisee of the shoe and clothing chain The Athlete’s Foot since 1999, is transferring its seven stores, including one on Main Street in Suffolk, to the Dahir group.
Dahir took over Delphry stores in Atlanta, Charleston, South Carolina, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Portsmouth and Newport News, in addition to Suffolk, on July 1.
“We thank Joe Delphy for allowing TAF to be a part of his life and family for 23 years,” said Matthew LaFone, the company’s President and CEO for the Americas. “We wish him all the best in his next endeavor and look forward to working with Shady Dahir on his new locations.”
Delphy said he “loved my time with TAF”.
“There was no greater feeling than owning my own business and making my own decisions, which TAF allowed me to do. I was able to work alongside my close friends at TAF headquarters and of my fellow franchisees,” he added. “There is a lot of talent in this group of people, and under Matthew LaFone’s leadership, they will achieve great things.”
Delphy then thanked TAF for the opportunity to design his own life, which allowed him to raise his family and provide them with a certain lifestyle that would not have been possible otherwise.
“Owning a franchise has given me the freedom to never miss a football game, a school play, or a family vacation,” he said. “I look forward to the next step in my professional journey and am delighted that Shady Dahir is expanding his TAF footprint.”
Shady Dahir said Delphy had built a strong foundation for success.
“When we learned that Joe Delphry wanted to transition his TAF stores, it made sense to acquire his doors,” Dahir said. “Joe was a mentor to me when we joined the TAF group. Much of our success has been backed by veteran franchisees, Joe in particular. Geographically and operationally, our stores are similar. We assured Joe that his TAF family would have the opportunity to continue with us and that meant a lot to him.