Academy Sports + Outdoors opens first stores in Greenville and Jacksonville, N.C.; brings 200 total new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (November 18, 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 stores in Greenville and Jacksonville, North Carolina, located at 3428 S. Memorial Dr. and 237 Samaria Dr., respectively. The stores are over 63,000 square feet each and bring over 100 new jobs to both communities.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to continue our expansion in the state of North Carolina with the opening of new locations in Greenville and Jacksonville,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. "We look forward to playing an active role in the communities, offering low prices, and servicing the needs of active minded families, Panthers fans and local colleges for years to come.”

Customers will find the same everyday low prices and unique product assortment as existing North Carolina stores. They will carry quality hunting, fishing, sports, recreation and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills, along with exceptional customer service. Customers 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 stores donated $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 30 members of nearby Boys & Girls Clubs in both cities to be the stores’ first customers and shop for anything they wanted during private shopping events

Beginning Friday, Nov. 18, both communities are invited to the stores’ three-day grand opening celebrations. The free events include giveaways, interactive demonstrations by brands sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors, games for the whole family, and much more. In addition to the numerous events are Academy mystery gift card giveaways, free Under Armour T-Shirts, and more.

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 225 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, 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