By Peter Covino
Even if you don’t likes sports, you still might like Academy Sports + Outdoors.
The lifestyles retailer opened four new Central Florida stores last weekend, the first in the area, including a store in Kissimmee at the Crosslands Center off of Osceola Parkway.
The 63,000 square-foot Kissimmee store is a one-stop shopping place for everything from bicycles, and fishing gear, to archery and guns.
The chain store had a big kick-off last weekend with the donation of $20,000 in Academy gift cards to 200 local youth to be the first customers at each store of the new stores before the public opening. The new stores located in Waterford, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and West Melbourne each hosted 50 kids where they were assisted by a team of Academy associates. Together, they got to shop for anything they wanted including equipment for team sports, all-new footwear, bikes, school apparel, fishing and camping gear, and more.
The stores followed up the youth event with a public event last Friday where the first 200 customers in line at all four stores who show they are a fan of one of Academy’s social media sites received a mystery gift card valued between $20 and $500.
The stores will have its official grand-opening events this weekend.
Academy Sports now operates more than 185 stores in 15 states with sales of almost $4 billion.
If you are looking for almost anything sports and outdoors related, Academy Sports will probably have it. The tougher decision will be making a selection since the store offers so many multiple choices in every category.
Hundreds of different types of bikes are line up across the wall at the front of the Kissimmee store. And the prices don’t break the bank either. Even adult bikes are mostly priced in the $200-$300 range.
The store is tailor-made for Osceola County lakes with all of the fishing equipment available. There are hundreds of types of rods and reels available.
Likewise, campers will find everything they want from tents to sleeping bags, to camp stoves and backpacks, flashlights batteries.
Hunting enthusiasts will find everything from archery equipment, knives and tools, hunting and cameo apparel, game decoys to pistols, rifles and shotguns as well as revolvers and ammunition.