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Academy Sports + Outdoors to debut with grand opening Nov. 18-20


O’FALLON, Ill. — Lincoln Crossing shopping center will welcome the first-in-state location for Academy Sports + Outdoors, just in time for holiday shopping.

academysportslogoGrand opening festivities are set for Nov. 18 to 20 and will include a community celebration featuring mystery gift card giveaways, children’s activities, food and more.

The new 63,000-square-foot store will be located adjacent to PetSmart.

“We are excited to welcome Illinois’ first-in-state location for Academy Sports + Outdoors to our popular retail mix,” said Steve Nikel, vice president of development for Washington Prime Group. “This new retailer will add another dimension to Lincoln Crossing reinforcing it as an all-in-one shopping destination.”

The O’Fallon store opening is Academy Sports + Outdoors’ second entry into the greater St. Louis area, with the first store opening in Manchester just one month ago. The two stores bring a combined 200 jobs to the area.

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor, and recreation lifestyle retailer with a unique assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4.6 billion company operates more than 220 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices.

On Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. A private youth shopping spree takes place from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Shoppers can take advantage of grand opening festivities including:

Friday, Nov. 18
– Store opens to the public at 8:30 a.m.
– The first 150 customers in line who show they are a fan of one of Academy’s social media sites will receive a mystery gift card valued between $20 and $500.

Saturday, Nov. 19
– Free Under Armour T-shirt to the first 500 customers
– Free kid’s catfish tank
– $500 Gift Card Text to Win

Sunday, Nov. 20
– Free Exide lunch tote and thermal cup to the first 100 customers
– Free Academy T-shirt to the first 500 customers
– Free hot dogs and bottled water

Customers can visit for more details on grand opening events.

Academy Sports + Outdoors will join Lincoln Crossing’s mix of retailers including Walmart Supercenter Store, The Home Depot, Rainbow, Boost Mobile and Great Clips.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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