Academy Sports + Outdoors to open first location in Columbia, MO

Store will bring 100 new jobs to the area and mark the company’s seventh location in Missouri

KATY, TX (June 22, 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 Columbia at Hwy 63 & I-70 next year. Along with the recently announced Liberty and Manchester locations, this will mark the company’s seventh store in the in the state of Missouri.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to offer Tigers fans 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 Columbia 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 Missouri 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. The company has a history of giving back to local communities through partnerships with sports teams, youth organizations, and outdoor conservation programs. Academy Sports + Outdoors is a Proud Partner of Mizzou Athletics, a Proud Partner of the St. Louis Cardinals, Ducks Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation.

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 Missouri 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