First Academy Sports activities + Outside retailer in West Virginia to open Friday


BARBOURSVILLE, WV (WOWK) – A new sporting goods and outdoor recreation store is opening soon in Barboursville, West Virginia.

Academy Sports + Outdoors (Academy) opens Friday 18th November.

From Friday through Sunday, the grand opening celebrations include discounts, giveaways, meet-and-greets, and food truck rehearsals. More details are below:

  • The first 150 customers in line Friday through Sunday will receive a $20-$500 gift card (must be at least 18 years old);
  • There will be free food from local food trucks;
  • T-shirts, prizes, games and more are being given away for free; and
  • A free image featuring Santa Claus and a letter writing station.

The 60,000+ square foot Barboursville store will offer exclusive private label items, as well as athletic shoes, training apparel and athletic equipment from well-known brands such as Nike, Adidas, The North Face, Wrangler and more.

Shoppers can also find outdoor gear, including deck sets, grills, fishing poles, and outdoor games.

In addition, Academy sells hunting and fishing licenses, and the shop offers free BBQ and bike assembly, scope assembly, propane changes, and line winding and spooling.

Sam Johnson, the Academy’s executive vice president of retail operations, said the retailer is excited to offer items customers need for sports and outdoor activities in the Huntington-Barboursville area.

“Whether you’re an angler looking to land your next big catch in the Guyandotte River, a vacationer looking for the perfect gift, or a camping enthusiast planning your next adventure at Beech Fork State Park, our great Value for money and our services are creating new opportunities for families to get active,” said Johnson.

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Academy opened nine new stores in 2022. The Barboursville store at 30 Tanyard Station Drive is the first store in West Virginia.

For more information on opening events and offers, please visit the Academy website or text BARBOURSVILLE to 22369. Anyone interested in working in the new store can view and apply for jobs on the Academy website.