Launched in Sainte-Julie by Patrick Byarelle, Phil Grisé and Fred Pierre-Antoine back in 1999, the first EMPIRE store marked the beginning of a new era, maybe not for the human race, but certainly for the local skateboard and snowboard community. A few years later, the results speak for themselves: nine sales locations in Quebec, an online store for customers Canada-wide and a top-notch team of more than 300 passionate employees.
With an inventory of over 150 brands, EMPIRE has become Canada’s leading retailer specializing in skate/snowboard clothing and accessories. Since its inception, the company has served over 50,000 customers of all stripes – snowboarders, skateboarders, amateurs, pros, men, women and children. EMPIRE also provides financial support to many amateur and professional athletes.