Lee Knauf is the new General Manager at Runnings, and the Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by to welcome him! Lee began earlier this summer and has been fitting right in. His duties at Runnings include delegating between the departments and their managers, overseeing the store’s daily functions, learning products, and working with customers and employees. Knauf manages around fifty employees and he remarked that they have been very helpful to him with the transition and welcoming him to New Ulm Runnings.
Located at 2107 North Garden Street, Runnings is occupying what was previously a K-Mart. New Ulm’s is one of the larger Runnings in the area. Knauf shared that there are about 40 Runnings in the United States with the majority of them in Minnesota but others located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, New York, and Connecticut.
Lee’s prior experience comes from the pet care world, he previously worked for Petco Stores in Mankato for four years and before that, he was managing stores in the Twin Cities area. He was looking to change to a business that was locally based and active in its community and now he and his wife reside in New Ulm.
In the photo are: Cathy Anderson, Alliance Bank; Kathy Van Roekel, Nuvera; Lee Knauf, Runnings; and Sheri Dittrich-Reinhart, Mary Kay Cosmetics.