Academy Sports + Outdoors Opens First Store in Virginia

KATY, TEXAS – Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”) (Nasdaq: ASO), a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer, is excited to announce the opening of its first Richmond, Va. store. Located at 11861 W. Broad St., in The Corner at Short Pump, the 58,075 square-foot store brings a great assortment of sports and outdoors merchandise to Richmond. Academy will host grand opening festivities from Friday, August 19th through Sunday, August 21st. Throughout the weekend, customers can look forward to exclusive deals, giveaways, an appearance by the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ Mascots, the Richmond Raceway Pace Car on display, activations by brands sold at Academy, and food truck samples.

The Richmond location marks the third of nine new stores Academy will open this year and the first store in Virginia. Academy looks forward to continuing its expansion efforts beyond 2022, with the goal of opening 80 to 100 new stores over the next five years.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to kickstart fun in the Richmond community by providing customers what they need to make pursuing their sports and outdoors passions easy and affordable,” said Sam Johnson, Academy’s Executive Vice President of Retail Operations. “Whether you’re an angler looking to reel in your next big catch at the James River, a little leaguer searching for the perfect pair of cleats, or a watersport enthusiast looking for your next kayaking adventure, our great value and services create new possibilities for families to get active.”

Customers can expect to find the best assortment of athletic and casual shoes, sports and outdoors equipment and clothing from top brands such as Nike, adidas, The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia, YETI, Traeger, Costa, Timberland, Coleman and more. Academy also offers tremendous everyday value and quality through its exclusive, private label brands such as Magellan Outdoors, Freely, R.O.W., BCG, H2O Xpress, Mosaic and O’Rageous which cover outdoor apparel and equipment, women’s and men’s apparel, workout attire, fishing equipment, outdoor furniture and water gear, respectively.

The new location is a fun destination where families can find a Nike top for an upcoming workout class, a Rawlings glove for the next sports season, or a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1 balls for a round of 18 at their favorite golf course. Additionally, the store has everything you need to create a backyard oasis with a wide selection of patio sets, barbecue grills, and outdoor games. Academy also offers free services such as grill and bike assembly, scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, and propane exchange. Customers can also purchase hunting and fishing licenses in the store.

For more information regarding grand opening event information and deals visit or text SHORTPUMP to 22369. Customers are invited to shop online at or through Academy’s mobile app, receive digital ads and offers, engage with Academy’s social media accounts (@academy), sign up for email/text alerts, and watch out for information on upcoming grand opening events.

Individuals interested in careers at Academy can visit to apply for open positions.

 About Academy Sports + Outdoors

Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 262 stores across 17 states. Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun for All” and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers. Academy’s product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, sports & recreation and footwear through both leading national brands and a portfolio of private label brands. For more information, visit

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