For-men hair salon to open in Stadium Village

The new, national chain store will feature Gophers sports memorabilia and will be the third salon in Stadium Village.

Three old scoreboards from Memorial Stadium did not go down with the building; instead they went to get a haircut.

All three scoreboards went to separate Sport Clips , a chain of discount hair salons geared at sports fanatics. One of those scoreboards is finally coming back home to its native Stadium Village on Sept. 5 as part of the Gopher s memorabilia featured in the new salon on Washington Ave nue.

The salon will fill the vacant storefront that belonged to GNC across from Dinnaken House .

Sport Clips, a fast-growing national chain from Austin, Texas , features bench seating in the lobby, flat screen TVs, hairstylists dressed like referees and $16 haircuts, said Dan Jesse, the local franchise owner.

“You’re going to feel like you’re in a locker room,” Jesse said. “You’re going to see a 50-inch plasma TV right away that’s showing ESPN.”

But students may be more drawn by the price, because Sport Clips will give $2 off a hair cut to anyone with a U Card . This cuts the cost to $14 for a haircut, the same price as nearby Great Clips .

Jesse said Sport Clips can offer cheap haircuts because of its male-only clientele.

Male hair cuts are quicker than female cuts, he said, meaning that more customers can be served and more money flows into the store per hour than a salon for both sexes.

The salon will compete directly with Great Clips on Washington Avenue, considering most Great Clips customers are male students looking for a cheap haircut, Lisa Beaver , its manager, said.

But Jim Rosvold, Stadium Village Commercial Association spokesman , who gets his hair cut at Harvard Barber Stylists, said Sport Clips will not create unwanted competition.

“I think [a hair salon] would be a good thing for the Village. We’ve lost a couple of them over the years so to gain another one is probably good,” Rosvold said.

Larry “Jake” Delander , the manager of Harvard Barber Stylists, the only independent barbershop in Stadium Village, declined to comment.

Bryant Cotner , a computer science junior, said he frequents Great Clips now but will go to Sport Clips next year because it will be right across the street from his Dinnaken apartment.

“Well if it’s the same price, and they offer the same service, then why not?” Cotner said.

Other than haircuts, Sport Clips will offer shampoos, hot facial towels, neck and shoulder massages and neck trims in between haircuts for an extra fee.

But some people just want a good haircut.

Paul Christenson , a pipefitter for the University, said he won’t go to chain salons because he prefers independent stylists with more experience, regardless of cost.

“I don’t care about the price,” he said. “The flat screens would be a draw, but I just want a good gal who can cut hair.”