Academy Sports + Outdoors opens first store in Topeka, KS; brings 125 new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (October 24, 2014) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer committed to offering everyday low prices, today opens its first store in Topeka, KS. The 67,000 square foot store brings approximately 125 new jobs to the area and is located at 1133 SW Wanamaker Rd. This is Academy Sports + Outdoors’ fourth store in Kansas.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion in the state of Kansas with the opening of a new store in the Capital City,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “We hope to provide families in Topeka with a one-stop destination for all their sports, outdoor and lifestyle needs, whether they’re boating on Lake Shawnee or hiking the Kaw River State Park Trails.”

Customers in Topeka can expect to find everyday low prices, a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, sports, recreation and leisure products, athletic and casual footwear and apparel, along with exceptional customer service. 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka to be the store’s first customers and shop for anything they like.

On Friday, November 7, the Topeka 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 mystery gift cards, as well as an appearance by the K-State cheerleaders and mascot “Willie” on Friday

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. In addition to visiting the new Topeka 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 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 185stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, 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