To kick off the opening of Academy’s new Pearland store, 30 youth from the Vic Coppinger Family YMC were given $100 Academy gift cards to use the day before opening to the public on Oct. 7.
The 30 were the store’s first customers and had the chance to explore it with Academy staff.
The youth shopped for items they liked including equipment for team sports, footwear, bikes, school apparel, fishing tackle and camping gear.
The store, Academy Sports + Outdoors, is located at 2550 Pearland Pkwy in Suite 100 and offers 62,000 square-feet. Store Director Matt Goglia reported that the new store brought approximately 100 new jobs to the community.
Not only did the new store donate the gift cards to the 30 youth, they also gave mystery gift cards valued between $20 and $500 to the first 150 customers in line during the opening. To receive their cards, the 150 had to show Academy staff that they were a fan of one of Academy’s social media sites.
According to Goglia, Academy values its commitment to local communities where new stores are opened, with an emphasis on an active lifestyle for area youth.
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 over 210 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.
For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academy, pinterest.com/academy, youtube.com/academy and instagram.com/academy.
Story by Karolyn Gephart