US retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to expand its retail presence in the country with 15 to 17 new store openings in the fiscal year 2024.  

The expansion has already commenced with two new stores in Knightdale, North Carolina, and Greenwood, Indiana in the first quarter.  

The Knightdale store celebrated its grand opening from 22 to 24 March, while the Greenwood store is set to welcome customers from 12 to 14 April. 

Each Academy store offers a family-friendly shopping experience with sports and camping equipment, footwear, apparel, hunting and fishing gear, and outdoor cooking essentials.  

The retailer offers complimentary services such as grill and bike assembly, bore sighting, scope mounting, line winding and spooling, and propane exchange, along with the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. 

Academy provides outdoor apparel and equipment, hunting optics, workout attire and outdoor furniture through its exclusive, private-label brands such as BCG, Freely, H2OX, Magellan Outdoors, Mosaic, Redfield and ROW.  

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The retailer also offers branded athletic and casual footwear, sports equipment and clothing from adidas, Blackstone Carhartt, Nike and YETI.

Academy Sports + Outdoors retail operation senior vice-president Eric Friederich said: “Academy Sports + Outdoors is excited to provide our customers with new convenient stores that carry a localised assortment that meets the needs of active families in these communities. 

“We’re looking forward to helping our loyal customers in Knightdale and Greenwood get to the fun faster and continue to be their destination for the top brands and the lowest prices at these new locations.” 

The retailer aims to open between 120 and 140 new stores by the end of 2027.