Academy Sports + Outdoors adds first Benton store; brings 125 new jobs

KATY, TEXAS (May 22, 2015) – 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 the Benton area and seventh store in the state. The 63,000 square foot store brings approximately 125 new jobs to the community and is located at 20790 I-30 North.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to continue our expansion in the state of Arkansas with the opening of our new store in the Benton area,” said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “Whether it’s hiking up to Pinnacle Mountain or playing youth baseball, we are committed to providing active-minded families in the community a broad assortment of sports, outdoor and lifestyle products at everyday low prices.”

Customers in the Benton area 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 15 members of the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County and 15 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant to be the store’s first customers and shop for anything they like during this private shopping event.

On Friday, May 29, the Benton 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. In addition to the numerous events are line up and wins for Academy mystery gift cards, free Under Armour T-Shirts and Berkley tackle bags. Customers will have a chance to interact with Steve “Wildman” Wilson Saturday from 10-11:30 am and Sunday from 1-4 pm.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. In addition to visiting the new Benton 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, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4 billion company operates 198 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