Academy Sports + Outdoors Opens First Store in Lexington, Ky.

28 September 2022

Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer, is excited to announce the opening of its first Lexington, Ky. store. Located at 3220 Nicholasville Rd. #185, in South Park Shopping Center, the approximately 80,000 square-foot store brings a great assortment of sports and outdoors merchandise to Lexington. Academy will host grand opening festivities from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2. Throughout the weekend, customers can look forward to exclusive deals, giveaways, activations by brands sold at Academy, food truck samples, and appearances by University of Kentucky basketball alumnus Kyle Macy, men's basketball player Casson Wallace and more.

The Lexington location marks the sixth Academy store in Kentucky and the opening of the fifth of nine new stores Academy expects to open this year. 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 Lexington 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 gearing up for a big Kentucky game, a little leaguer searching for the perfect pair of cleats, or preparing for your next outdoor adventure at Daniel Boone National Forest, our great value and services create new possibilities for families to get active."

Customers can expect to find the best assortment and prices of athletic and casual shoes, sports and outdoors equipment and clothing from top national brands such as Nike, adidas, The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia, YETI, Traeger, Carhartt, Drake Waterfowl, 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 sports gear, respectively.

By partnering with University of Kentucky Athletics, Academy provides a fun destination where Wildcat fans can get licensed apparel, novelty items, and tailgating essentials. Additionally, customers can find a Nike top for an upcoming workout class, Under Armour gloves to catch the game winning touchdown, or a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1 balls for a round of 18 at their favorite golf course. The store also 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 events and deals visit or text LEXINGTON 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 264 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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