Academy Sports + Outdoors continues to grow its stores

Academy Sports + Outdoors is entering new markets as part of its store expansion plans.

The sporting and outdoor recreation retailer expands its presence in Florida with its first locations in the Tampa Bay area. The Academy will open at The Shoppes at Park Place in Pinellas Park in the winter of 2022 and Cypress Creek Town Center in Wesley Chapel in 2023, giving it a total of 15 locations in the Sunshine State.

Additionally, the Academy plans to open its first stores in Virginia and West Virginia later this year.

In April, the Academy opened its first new store in two years, in Conyers, Ga. The company has set an objective to open 80 to 100 stores over the next five years. Currently he has 260 stores in 16 states.

The new locations will feature a wide range of sports and outdoor products from top brands such as Nike, Adidas, Columbia, The North Face, Chubbies, Costa and Under Armour. The assortment also includes Academy house brands such as Magellan Outdoors, Freely, H2O Xpress, ROW, BCG and Mosaic.

Customers can also take advantage of a suite of in-store services which will include free assembly on grills and bikes, scope fitting, bore sighting, line spooling/spooling, propane trading and the ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.

“The Tampa Bay community can expect to find all the products they need for their sports and outdoor passions when they walk into our store,” said Sam Johnson, executive vice president of retail operations at detail of the Academy. “Tampa Bay is not only known for its enthusiastic sports fans, but also for its renowned fishing, beaches and outdoor activities.”

James T. Quintero