Academy Sports + Outdoors opens in Tupelo, Miss.

Store opening marks the company’s 200th store chainwide

KATY, TEXAS (July 3, 2015) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer committed to offering everyday low prices, opened its first store in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the 200th in its chain. The 63,000 square foot store, located at 848 Barnes Crossing Road, brings approximately 100 new jobs to the Tupelo community.

"Tupelo residents and the surrounding communities have tremendous access to outdoor recreation and youth sports," said Gabe Thornton, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of store operations. “We’re excited to serve such an active community with our broad selection of family fun products at our everyday low prices.”

The Tupelo store provides services such as scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, racquet stringing and sells hunting and fishing licenses along with local team licensed apparel and novelty items.

Prior to opening, the store donated $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards to 30 youth from the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi to be the store’s first customers where they shopped for anything they liked during the private event.

From Friday, July 10 to July 12, the Tupelo community is invited to a three-day grand opening celebration. The free event includes giveaways, interactive product demonstrations by brands sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors, games for the whole family, exclusive hot deals on products and more. Amongst the numerous activities are Academy mystery gift card giveaways, free Under Armour T-Shirts, and Berkley tackle bags.

This is the company’s first location in Tupelo and fifth store in Mississippi. Later this fall, Academy will continue its expansion across the state with the addition of new stores in Olive Branch and D’Iberville, Miss.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy Sports + Outdoors can visit to apply for open positions. In addition to visiting the new Tupelo store, customers can shop, receive the digital version of the weekly ad, engage with Academy Sports + Outdoors’ 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 200 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