Academy Sports + Outdoors opens first store in Starkville, MS

The store will mark Academy’s eighth Mississippi location and bring 100 new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (June 2, 2017) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a sports, outdoor and recreation lifestyle retail store, dedicated to making it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors, opened its first store in Starkville, Miss., located at 160 Hollywood Blvd. The store is over 62,000 square feet and brings around 100 new jobs to the community.

“We are excited to open our doors to members of the Starkville community and help make it easier for them to up their game or cheer on their favorite team,” said Sam Johnson, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ executive vice president of retail operations. “The city’s passion for sports and outdoors will be served well with our excellent customer service and quality products at prices everyone can afford.”

Customers can expect to find a wide range of quality products from brands such as Under Armour, Columbia, Nike, Drake and Magellan. No matter their skill level, Academy will help customers thrive by offering everyday low prices on hunting, fishing and camping equipment, patio sets, barbecue grills, along with sports and recreation products. Customers will find services such as scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, golf club trade-in, CO2 refills, racquet stringing, assembly and delivery, and the ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.

Prior to the grand opening, the store donated $100 shopping sprees to 30 members of the Starkville Boys & Girls Club to shop for anything they wanted while accompanied by Academy team members.

Beginning today, the community is invited to the store’s two-day grand opening celebration. The free event includes giveaways, interactive demonstrations by brands sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors, games for the whole family and much more. There will be Academy mystery gift card giveaways, free Academy t-shirts, and fishing for the kids in the Shakespeare catch tank.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. In addition to visiting the new store, 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 alerts.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

At Academy Sports + Outdoors, we make it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoor activities. At each of our 230+ locations, we carry a wide range of hunting, fishing and camping equipment, patio sets and barbeque grills, along with sports and recreation products, at everyday low prices. For all. For less. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,,, and