Academy Sports activities and Outside opens first Tampa Bay retailer this week

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Released 15th of November|updated Nov 16

Texas-based Academy Sports and Outdoors has a grand opening Friday for its first Tampa Bay store.

Academy Sports and Outdoors, a sporting goods and outdoor recreation chain, is coming to the Pinellas Park Shoppes at Park Place at US 19. It will be a 50,000 square foot store with a range of nationally branded merchandise such as athletic shoes, athletic equipment, clothing, outdoor furniture, fishing gear , barbecue grills and more, according to a press release.

This will be the brand’s 14th location in Florida and there are plans to open another one in Wesley Chapel next year, the press release said.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to ignite fun in the Tampa Bay community by providing customers with what they need to easily and affordably pursue their sports and outdoor passions,” said Sam Johnson, executive vice president of Retail Operations, in a statement. “Whether you’re an angler looking to land that next big catch, a holidaymaker looking for the perfect gift or a fan preparing for game day at Raymond James Stadium, we offer great value for money and our services are creating new opportunities for families to be active.”

The new Academy Sports and Outdoors offers complimentary services of grill and bike assembly, scope assembly, bore sighting, line winding and propane replacement. [ Courtesy of Academy Sports and Outdoors ]

The shop offers free services of grill and bike assembly, scope assembly, bore sighting, line winding and propane replacement. Hunting and fishing licenses are also available in the shop.

Academy Sports and Outdoors was founded in Katy, Texas in 1938 and has 268 stores in 18 states. This is Shoppes at Park Place’s first major opening since the Pinellas Park mall was sold to local real estate company Belleair Development Group in October for $85 million.

Grand opening celebrations, including giveaways, will take place Friday through Sunday. The store is located at 7230 US 19 N in Pinellas Park.