Academy Sports + Outdoors to open first location in Florence, AL

Store will bring 100 new jobs to the area and mark the company’s 15th location in Alabama

KATY, TX (June 23, 2016) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, announced that it will open its first store in Florence, AL at S. Cox Creek Parkway & SH 13 next year. This will mark the company’s 15th store in the in the state of Alabama.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to offer active-minded families in Florence with their own convenient location to shop for their sports, outdoor and lifestyle needs,” says Ken Attaway, Academy Sports + Outdoors executive vice president, chief operating officer. “We’re looking forward to opening next year and being an active member of the Florence community for years to come.”

The new location will be nearly 63,000 square feet and bring approximately 100 jobs to the area. The store will offer similar services to the existing Alabama locations such as scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, racquet stringing and will sell hunting and fishing licenses along with local team licensed apparel and novelty items.

Academy Sports + Outdoors 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.

A cornerstone of the Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is active community support and grassroots involvement throughout its footprint. Academy Sports + Outdoors is an official sponsor of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the official sporting goods retailer of the Auburn Tigers, and also supports conservation groups including CCA Alabama, Ducks Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation along with many local youth leagues.

Prior to the store opening, customers can shop, receive the digital version of the weekly ad, engage with Academy through its social media sites, sign up for email and SMS text alerts, or visit any of its existing Alabama stores.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a unique 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 $4.6 billion company operates over 210 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,,,, and