Academy Sports + Outdoors opens in Conway, AR; brings 100 new jobs to the area

KATY, TEXAS (September 30, 2016) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and recreation lifestyle retailer committed to offering everyday low prices, today opened its first store in Conway, Arkansas located at 1260 S. Amity Road. The store is over 62,000 square feet and brings over 100 new jobs to the community.

"Whether active-minded families in the community are planning a fishing trip to Lake Conway or supporting their Arkansas Travelers, we hope to provide them a unique assortment of sports, outdoor and recreational products at an everyday low price,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to continue our expansion in the state of Arkansas with the opening of our new and convenient location in Conway.”

Conway customers will find everyday low prices and a unique product assortment of quality hunting, fishing, sports, recreation and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills, along with exceptional customer service. They will also find services such as scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, racquet stringing and ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.

Prior to opening, the store donated $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 30 members of nearby Boys & Girls Club of Faulkner County to be the store’s first customers and shop for anything they wanted during a private shopping event.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 7, the Conway community is invited to the store’s 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. In addition to the numerous events are Academy mystery gift card giveaways, free Under Armour T-Shirts and kids can fish for free 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 and SMS text alerts.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and recreation 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 unique 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