Teen to Open Sneaker Store in Hoboken

In July 2020, Joseph “JoJo” Petruzzelli, then a 13-year-old eighth-grader, used his love for sneakers to benefit the Hoboken Jubilee Center by hosting a pop-up sneaker store to raise funds for the Center.  The success of the pop-up event meant Joseph was able to expand to a larger location for a longer period of time at 407 Washington Street – and has managed to continue operating Elite Kickz there for longer than originally anticipated. Now, he has announced that he will be opening a permanent storefront location in Hoboken. Read on to learn more about Elite Kickz’s new store in Hoboken and what to expect at the shop. 

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Elite Kickz buys and sells limited-edition sneakers and apparel. “At 11 years old I turned my love for sneakers and streetwear into a business called Elite Kickz, reselling rare kicks at trade shows and to the sneaker community,” Joseph told Hoboken Girl. “To me, being a sneakerhead is having a passion for the sneaker culture.”

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Sneakerheads, streetwear lovers, and vintage enthusiasts alike will be thrilled to know that Elite Kickz will be a permanent one-stop-shop for unique sneakers, clothing, and accessory finds.


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In addition to limited-edition pieces, the shop will also carry limited-edition and vintage baseball cards, from a 2003 Lebron James rookie card to a 1996 Allen Iverson rookie card.

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New to the Elite Kickz team, Hoboken BNR resident Jason Pelligrini has joined forces with Jojo as a partner and will be hands-on with sourcing limited edition sneakers, clothes, and baseball cards.

Elite Kickz experienced major success because of its quality products and because it met the needs of local street style collectors – a demand that hasn’t been met since Foot Locker closed in Hoboken in 2016.

The official opening date and location of the shop have not been announced, but we will keep you updated as more details unfold. To stay up-to-date on Elite Kickz latest happenings, follow the shop’s Instagram page here and the baseball card page here.

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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.