MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Located, somewhat ironically, behind the Ben & Jerry’s on Armonk Road in Mount Kisco is a new nutritional supplement store: Doc’s Nutrition Depot. Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C–Goldens Bridge) and Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Mount Kisco) were there to cut the ribbon to mark the store’s first day.
John Greene and his wife, Sarah, along with David Rivera, co-own the store. They tout their experience in the field of fitness as the business’ selling point. Greene, who is a Kent Town Board member in addition to being a nutritional entrepreneur, said he has been working out and doing martial arts for his entire life. At age 18, he said, he competed in tae kwon do at the Junior Olympics.
Rivera said he has been a personal trainer for five years and has his own training studio in Carmel.
“When you come here you’re not just getting in the info about supplements,” Rivera said. “Everyone here has been involved in some sort of field of fitness and has the background to actually know what they’re talking about.”
Rivera said that nutritional supplements are not just good for fitness training and muscle building, but for general health.
“There’s a huge misconception that everyone who’s taking supplements either don’t know what they’re doing or just looking to get big,” Rivera said. Personally, he said, he got himself off medication to control his colitis by using supplements.
The store model is based on flagship location Tommy K’s in Mamaroneck, Rivera said. He said other stores based on Tommy K’s include a recently opened location in Fishkill and one in Carmel.
While the owners of these companies are all friends and operate like “a small family,” Greene and Rivera decided to call their store "Doc’s" to create their own brand. Rivera said he does not know of any other supplement stores nearby, and Mount Kisco was a great place to set up because three personal training studios are on Lexington Avenue alone, as well as gyms nearby, to which the store has already reached out for cross-promotion.
Greene said the store, which the owners claim sells at or below wholesale prices, will do some mail-order business “which hopefully we’ll expand and create some new jobs out of this location.”
Doc’s is planning to hold its grand opening soon. The event will feature fitness models, a famous bodybuilder or two, amateur bodybuilders, and a mixed martial arts pro.