Academy Sports + Outdoors to open first store in Tupelo, Miss. in 2015; will bring 125 new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (February 11, 2015) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a $4 billion, premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, announced that it will open its first store inTupelo, Mississippi at the intersection of N. Gloster St. & Barnes Crossing Rd. in 2015. Academy Sports + Outdoors currently operates four stores in Mississippi and is known for its commitment to being the low price leader on its wide selection of casual and athletic footwearand apparel, team sports and golf products, patio sets, barbecue grills, along with hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear. The company will also open a new store in Olive Branch in 2015.

"With how much access Tupelo residents and the surrounding communities have to outdoor recreation and youth sports, we’re excited to cater to such an active community with diverse recreation interests," said Ken Attaway, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We look forward to offering family fun at our everyday low prices for years to come."

Academy Sports + Outdoors’ Tupelo store will be approximately 62,000 square feet and bring approximately 125 jobs to the community. The store will 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 team gear. The company is also committed to offering the best brands at low prices – everyday

A cornerstone of the Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is active community support and grassroots involvement throughout its footprint. Academy Sports + Outdoors is the official sporting goods retailer of the Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi.

Individuals interested in careers can visit to apply for positions. Prior to the store opening, customers can shop, 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 any of the other Mississippi 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,,,, and