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Academy Sports sets summer openings for Johnson County stores

Updated: 2013-04-03T05:00:39Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports retailer based in Katy, Texas, plans summer openings for its two previously announced Johnson County locations.

The stores, which run about 72,000 square feet, will be in Oak Park Plaza, just south of Oak Park Mall at 97th Street and Quivira Road, Overland Park, and at 135th Street and Blackbob Road in Olathe.

Each store will have about 150 employees.

Academy Sports + Outdoors also has entered a multi-year sponsorship deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal will include Academy advertising inside of the stadium and the retailer also will sponsor a youth sports night and Boy Scouts night and be the “presenting” sponsor of the Royals Winter Caravan.

Academy Sports + Outdoors, which operates 159 stores in 13 states, sells hunting, fishing, golf, boating and camping equipment, along with footwear and apparel, electronics, patio and lawn furniture, barbecue equipment, and pool and beach toys.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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