Liberty’s new Academy Sports + Outdoors hosts grand opening weekend

Academy Sports + Outdoors will have a three-day grand opening Friday through Sunday for its new Liberty Commons store, at 269 S. Stewart Road in Liberty. There will be giveaways, celebrity appearances, interactive product demonstrations and games for children and adults.

Here’s what customers can expect.

Friday: The first 150 customers (ages 18 and older) in line at 8:30 a.m. will receive a gift card valued between $20 and $500. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson will sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m.

Saturday: The first 500 customers in line at 8 a.m. will get a free Under Armour T-shirt. Don and Kandi Kisky, co-hosts of Whitetail Freaks on the Outdoor Channel, will make an appearance from 1 to 2 p.m.

Sunday: The first 100 customers in line at 9:30 a.m. will receive a free Berkley Tackle Bag.

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a sports, outdoor and recreation lifestyle chain. The company has annual sales of $4.6 billion and more than 210 stores in 15 states, including area locations in Belton, Olathe and Overland Park.

The 62,917-square-foot Liberty Academy Sports + Outdoors, which had a soft opening Sept. 2, is an anchor tenant in the $80 million redevelopment of the Liberty Commons.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC