Play It Again Sports pivots inventory amid pandemic

Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper
Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
For those who are returning to sports this fall or wanting to get into shape at home, Play it Again Sports in Brentwood offers a wide range of sporting goods to help athletes gear up.

Owners Brent and Cynthia Wenger took over ownership of Play It Again Sports in March 2019 and have since turned the store into a one-stop shop for the sports that residents care about most.

“We’re family-owned and family-operated,” Cynthia Wenger said. “We live in this area—it’s very, very family-focused. Our daughter works here. When people come in, they’re not talking to a corporate [company], and I think that’s kind of cool.”

Play It Again Sports offers a wide variety of sports equipment and accessories for youth and adults, from their wall of hockey skates and sticks to golf gear. The store offers new and gently used goods, a more price-friendly option for parents of athletes that often outgrow equipment quickly, Wenger said.

“Skates are really expensive and if they can find something that’s used—what a great way to save money and continue to do something you love,” Wenger said.

The store also carries home gym equipment, which has become very popular as people are choosing to work out at home as opposed to a public gym, she said.

“Home gym and fitness is a huge, huge focus right now, and [we’re] just making sure that people have what they need,” she said.

The shop has also recently stocked its inventory of bicycles, which have been hard to find during the pandemic, she said. Wenger said the store has also made modifications, including strongly encouraging customers to wear masks inside the store and offering curbside services.

“I think the most interesting thing has just been pivoting and saying, ‘This is what we used to do, and this is what we have to do now,’” she said.

Play It Again Sports has also begun carrying special safety equipment, such as face shields, as sports have resumed under new coronavirus-related regulations.

The business has worked to get involved in the community, Wenger said. In addition to sponsoring local school events, the store is one of the sponsors for the upcoming Graceworks Ministries Inc. Turkey Trot and will hold an event Dec. 1 for Tennessee Kids Belong, an organization that assists foster families.

I like that aspect of it, just getting to know the people that are local and getting involved in their lives in meaningful ways,” Wenger said.

Sell sports equipment in-store

Play It Again Sports offers a program through which customers can sell gently used sporting equipment for cash or store credit.

Selling requirements

Items should be clean and unbroken.

Items should still be in line with current

safety certifications.

For large items, such as gym equipment, email photos of the item before bringing to the store.

Credit rates

Cash: Customers get 30% of the item’s sale price if they choose the cash option.

Store credit: Customers will get 40% of the item’s sale price in credit to spend in the store.

Consignment: Customers will get 50% of the item’s sell price if sold on consignment. This option is only for large items, such as gym equipment.

Play It Again Sports

1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vets age 65+ can get VA vaccine; Perry's Steakhouse to open and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

Read the top stories from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Williamson County Schools has named 21 open-zoned schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools approves open zoning for select campuses

For parents of students who wish to change schools before the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Williamson County Schools board of education has approved 21 open-zoned schools.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee VA now offering COVID-19 vaccine for veterans age 65 and older

Veterans in Tennessee age 65 and older may now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

A number of parents and community members have called for more parental involvement and district training regarding racism in schools. (Community Impact staff)
Parents, teachers call for more training to address racism in Williamson County Schools

During the WCS Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, a number of community members spoke about a lack of training and resources to address racial tension at schools, as well as a need for the district to more directly address incidents.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop more than 20% in past week

Active cases have been consistently above 2,000 in recent weeks.

Williamson County Schools, state address effects of COVID-19 on learning loss

According to preliminary data from assessments given to students in the fall, Williamson County Schools officials calculated that some students have lost as much as 9% proficiency in reading and math as a result of school closure last spring. This number is lower than the 50%-65% decreases estimated by the Tennessee Department of Education officials in September; however, local officials said, there is still catching up to do.

The shop is expected to hold open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. (Courtesy Pexels)
New boutique Valentine House now open in Westhaven in Franklin

The shop is expected to have open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. 

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Feb. 18 in Franklin. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Franklin location Feb. 18

Perry's offers Prime-aged steaks, seafood and its signature entree, Perry's Famous Pork Chop, a in-house-butchered pork chop measuring seven fingers high, which is carved tableside.

Mother and daughter Melanie Johnson and Nikki Reeves took over ownership of the space in December from the previous owners, another mother-daughter team who had run the shop since its opening in 2016. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mother-daughter duo takes over Westhaven space at Sanctuary South

Located in the heart of Front Street, Sanctuary South has become a mainstay of the Westhaven community—it is within walking distance of the neighborhood’s residential streets. Now, as new owners take control, the shop is undergoing some changes while staying true to its roots.

The second round of the Paycheck Protection Program launched Jan. 13. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Q&A: What to know about round two of the Paycheck Protection Program

Did you know that food and accommodation business can qualify for 40% more funding in a PPP loan? Find more about the second round of the program below.

Rep. Glen Casada has been placed on administrative leave according to a Jan. 8 announcement from House Speaker Cameron Sexton. (Courtesy Tennessee General Assembly)
Rep. Glen Casada on leave after federal search of office and more Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Nashville area.

The new bank location will open in February. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteer Bank to open location in Cool Springs

The new location will open soon along Carothers Parkway.