Academy Sports + Outdoors adds first stores in Louisville area; brings 300 new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (November 21, 2014) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a $4 billion in sales premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer committed to offering everyday low prices, today opens its first stores in Louisville and Middletown, Ky. The stores bringapproximately 300 new jobs to the area and mark Academy Sports + Outdoors’ second and third store openings in Kentucky.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is proud to open our first stores in the Louisville area and offer Cardinals and Wildcats fans, as well as active-minded families, a convenient new location for all their sports, outdoor and lifestyle needs in time for the holidays,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “We appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received and look forward to being an active member of this community for years to come.”

Academy is known throughout the South and Midwest U.S. for its wide selection of products including golf, team sports, casual and athletic footwear and apparel, hunting, fishing, camping,patio, bbq, recreation and leisure, and sports and fitness equipment and gear. The stores feature sports, outdoor and lifestyle products from top brands such as Nike, adidas, Under Armour, Columbia and much more.

The stores also provide many services including assembly and delivery, hunting and fishing licenses, scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange and racquet stringing and have a broad selection of local professional and collegiate licensed team gear.Academy Sports + Outdoors is an Official Corporate Partner of Louisville Athletics and a Proud Partner of Kentucky Athletics.

Prior to opening, the stores donated $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 60 totalyouth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to be the stores’ first customers and shop for anything they like.

On Friday, December 5, the Louisville and Middletown communities are invited to join in for a three-day opening celebration. The free event includes giveaways, interactive demonstrations by brands sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors, games for the whole family, and more. Amongst the numerous events at both stores are line up and wins for Berkley tackle bags, a free pair of Crocs and Academy Sports + Outdoors mystery gift cards, along with an appearance by pro stunt cyclist Chris Clark, courtesy of Bell.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. In addition to visiting the Louisville and Middletown stores, customers can shop, receive the digital version of the weekly ad, engage with Academy Sports + Outdoors through its social media sites, and sign up for email and SMS text alerts.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a $4 billion in sales 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 and much more. The Texas-based company operates 190 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. 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