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Academy Sports + Outdoors to open a new store in Benton/Bryantand continues partnership with the University of Arkansas

Store will bring approximately 125 new jobs to the area


KATY, TX (February 18, 2015) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a $4 billion, premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, today announced that it will open a new store in Benton at I-30 and Alcoa in 2015. The company is continuing its multi-year partnership with the University of Arkansas. Academy Sports + Outdoors currently operates two stores in Little Rock and is known for its commitment to being the low price leader on its wide selection of casual and athletic footwear and apparel, team sports and golf products, patio sets, barbecue grills, along with hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear.

“We’re thrilled about providing Benton/Bryant fans and active-minded families with a new convenient location in Benton for all their sports, outdoor and lifestyle needs at everyday low prices,” said Tammi Hysell, senior director of promotions for Academy Sports + Outdoors. “Our partnership with the Razorbacks and the additional store shows Academy’s ongoingcommitment to the Central Arkansas community and families throughout Arkansas.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors began its partnership with the Razorbacks four years ago. Today, the company currently operates stores in Little Rock, Sherwood, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers and Jonesboro. Academy Sports + Outdoors is known for its commitment to being the low price leader on its wide selection of team sports and golf products, casual and athletic footwear and apparel along with hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear at everyday low prices.The company is also committed to offering the best brands at low prices – everyday.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors has been an exceptional partner over the years,” said David Shoemaker, General Manager of Razorback IMG Sports Properties, the multimedia partner of University of Arkansas, which brokered Academy Sports + Outdoors’ school partnership. “We really appreciate their support of Razorbacks athletics, their commitment to local Arkansas communities, and their service as a great destination for Razorback fans to gear up for game day and for all their fun family outdoor, recreation, and leisure activities.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a Proud Partner of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Individuals interested in careers can visit www.academy.com/careers to apply for positions. Prior to the store opening, customers can shop academy.com, receive the digital version of the weekly ad, engage with Academy Sports + Outdoors through its social media sites, sign up for email and SMS text alerts, or visit our Little Rock and Sherwood stores.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4 billioncompany operates 190 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academy, pinterest.com/academy, youtube.com/academy and instagram.com/academy.



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