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Indoor pickleball facility coming to Salt Lake City, other Utah cities

May 21, 2024, 7:00 AM

The Picklr pickleball company started in Utah and then expanded nationwide. Now, the company is com...

The Picklr pickleball company started in Utah and then expanded nationwide. Now, the company is coming back to its home state with three new locations. (The Picklr)

(The Picklr)

SALT LAKE CITY — The pickleball craze is far from over. In some places, it’s just heating up. Salt Lake City proper will be getting its first large-scale indoor pickleball facility later this year.

Utah-based pickleball franchise The Picklr announced three new locations in Utah, which will open over the next six months.

Each location will feature at least eight indoor courts, a full pro shop, private event space, unlimited league play, tournaments and open play, according to a press release.

The three new spots are in Salt Lake City, Weber and Utah counties. That will add to six existing locations in the state. The Salt Lake City location will open in early fall, and the company anticipates opening its Farr West, Weber County, location and another location in the Lehi area in Utah County in late fall.

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“Expanding in Utah is particularly meaningful for our company, as it’s not only our home state but also where The Picklr began,” said Jorge Barragan, co-founder and CEO of The Picklr, which has its headquarters in Kaysville.

Two high school friends co-founded the company in 2021. It started with six Utah locations (Logan, Sandy, Uintah, Kaysville, St. George and West Jordan) and since switching to a franchise model, it’s blown up around the country — in just 11 months, the company sold more than 300 pickleball locations.

But the founders aren’t forgetting their Utah roots. After all, Utah takes some of the credit for making pickleball a nationwide sensation.

“Pickleball was founded outside of Seattle, Washington, but true pickleballers will say that pickleball was grown in the state of Utah,” said Kathryn Bullough, chief marketing officer at The Picklr.

In 2022, more professional pickleball players came out of Utah than any other state, Bullough said. The state also has relatively temperate weather. That allows both professional and novice players to hit the courts up to nine months out of the year.

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Indoor pickleball facility coming to Salt Lake City, other Utah cities