Utica, N.Y. - Utica Comets President Robert Esche announced today that Herb Phillipson’s will now be the exclusive offsite retailer of Utica Comets apparel and merchandise at their locations in New Hartford, Rome, Herkimer, and Oneida. The announcement comes in conjunction with the grand reopening of their New Hartford and Rome locations, which have both been remodeled and renovated to offer the patrons the best in great outdoors apparel and retail. Herb’s will also be an exclusive offsite retailer of Utica City FC, the new Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) franchise to begin play this December at the Adirondack Bank Center.
The partnership between Herb Phillipson’s and the Comets was made possible earlier this year, when Guy Viti, an employee of Herb’s for over 35 years, purchased the entire company from Gary Phillipson after his retirement. Viti and the rest of the Herb Phillipson’s team have worked tirelessly with Esche and Comets staff members to offer fans an offsite and spacious retailer for all of their gameday needs, including jerseys, apparel, accessories, and more. As the President and CEO, Viti looks forward to a new generation of Herb Phillipson’s while simultaneously carrying on the legacy that Gary devoted his life to building.
“I am excited to see a new start with Herb’s and to carry on the legacy of Herb Phillipson’s,” said Viti. “I am thrilled to be working directly with local businesses like the Utica Comets and Utica City FC.”
“I’m personally excited to partner with not only another local New York State company, but also a company run by the Viti family,” expressed Esche. “I have known [them] for many years, and their business vision aligns seamlessly with how we operate here at the Comets and Utica City FC.”
In 1951, Herb Phillipson’s opened their first location in downtown Rome. The Herb’s brand would later expand to include nine locations throughout the State of New York. For over 67 years, Herb Phillipson’s has been outfitting Central New York for the Great Outdoors. They are the area’s premier retailer for outdoor and casual apparel, workwear, footwear, and sporting goods. Herb’s is committed to providing Central New York with the best quality, brand, service, and pricing out there.