Academy Sports + Outdoors opens store in Huntsville, TX; brings 125 jobs to the area

KATY, TEXAS (September 5, 2014) - Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer committed to offering everyday low prices, opens a new store in Huntsville, Texas, located at the intersection of I-45 and Smither Drive. The 58,000 square foot store brings approximately 125 new jobs to the area, and will be Academy Sports + Outdoors’ 28th store in the greater Houston area and 88th store in Texas.

"We are thrilled to open a store in Huntsville and provide our customers with a more convenient location to shop for all of their sports, outdoor and recreational needs,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “We look forward to playing a role in the local community and servicing the needs of active minded families and Bearkat fans."

Customers in Huntsville can expect the same everyday low prices, broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, sports, recreation and leisure products, athletic and casual footwear and apparel, along with customer service that they have come to expect from the other Houston area stores. This store will provide services including scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, racquet stringing and sells hunting and fishing licenses. Prior to opening, the store donated $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 30 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Walker County to be the store’s first customers and shop for anything they like.

On Friday, September 12, the Huntsville community is invited to join in for a three-day grand 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 are line up and wins for Berkley tackle bags, a free pairs of Crocs and Academy Sports + Outdoors mystery gift cards along with appearance by pro stunt cyclist Chris Clark, courtesy of Bell, and angler Darren Gallaher, presented by All Star Rods.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. 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 our existing Houstonarea locations.

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 and much more. The Texas-based company operates 179 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, 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