Austin, Texas (March 26, 2012) – Austin Canoe and Kayak’s (ACK) Houston store located at 5822 Bissonnet in Houston, Texas recently experienced a fire resulting in extensive damage to the rear portion of the building and product inventory.

Despite the fire damage, two thirds of the building is still in operable condition and all damaged inventory has been replenished. With the hard work off all the store employees and those who volunteered to help ACK, the store never closed and continued operations. The building is getting completely renovated and ACK will remain open for business throughout the renovation process in it’s current location. The company has also rented temporary warehouse space at a nearby location for inventory storage while the damaged portion of the building is rebuilt and the remaining parts of the building are renovated.

“The fire was an eye opener for us, not so much how quickly fire can create havoc or the damage sustained but more so in the community’s support in helping us get back on our feet,” said Chris Hackerd, Vice President of Store Operations, “we are so thankful to all of our employees, customers, friends, partners and even strangers that came out to help clean up the aftermath making it possible for us to remain open.”

The fire originated within an adjacent building not associated with neither MSP Holdings, LLC or Austin Canoe and Kayak. No injuries or casualties were reported nor was the fire considered an act of arson.

About MSP Holdings, LLC

MSP Holdings, LLC operates Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), an award-winning paddlesports and outdoor retailer and Rack Boys a vehicle rack and sports travel outfitter dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. Both retail outfits are based out of the central Texas area, with their respective online stores at and and within three physical locations in Austin, San Marcos and Houston, Texas.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Austin Canoe and Kayak or Rack Boys, please call Roland Jimenez at 512-687-3010, or email