Academy Sports + Outdoors is expanding in the Sunshine State.
The sporting and outdoor goods retailer with a collection of private brands is opening its first two locations in Tampa Bay, marking the 14th and 15th stores in Florida. The Pinellas Park location will open in The Shoppes at Park Place in winter of 2022, and the Wesley Chapel store is slated to open in Cypress Creek Town Center in 2023.
"The Tampa Bay community can expect to find all the products they need for their sports and outdoors passions when they walk into our store including top brands like Nike, Adidas, Yeti, Columbia, PENN, Shimano and many more," said Sam Johnson, Academy's EVP of Retail Operations. "Tampa Bay is not only known for its enthusiastic sports fan base but also boasts renowned fishing, beaches and outdoor activities. Whether you're soaking up the sun on the beach, hitting the bay, or heading to a Lightning game, our team is eager to serve the local community and make it easier to have fun and gear up by providing great value and unmatched service."
In addition to name brands, shoppers at the new locations will find Academy's private label brands like Magellan Outdoors, Freely, H2O Xpress, R.O.W., BCG, and Mosaic. Customers at these locations can also take advantage of a suite of in-store services that will include free assembly on grills and bikes, scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange and the ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.
The incoming Tampa Bay locations will create about 120 new jobs for the community.
Founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 260 stores across 16 states.