Sports Authority to Open 11 New Stores This Week

Building on its lead as the country's largest full-line sporting goods retailer, Sports Authority will formally open 11 new stores in eight different states Saturday, August 16, it was announced by Greg Waters, chief operating officer of the Colorado-based company.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-- Building on its lead as the country's largest full-line sporting goods retailer, Sports Authority will formally open 11 new stores in eight different states Saturday, August 16, it was announced by Greg Waters, chief operating officer of the Colorado-based company.

The new stores, each averaging more than 40,000 square-feet in size, will debut in Omaha (2 new stores), Kansas City, Tucson, Phoenix, Austin, Hiram (GA), Gainesville (VA.), Rockwall (TX), Fort Collins (CO) and Amherst (NH).

The grand openings will bring the total number of Sports Authority retail outlets to 441 nationwide. This year alone, Sports Authority plans on opening a total of 37 new stores throughout the country.

The new stores, similar to all Sports Authority locations, will offer the combination of top-line brands, broad product selection, knowledgeable sales staff and competitively low prices that has become the hallmark of the chain's operations. Each will be tailored to the myriad interests of area shoppers, and will feature dedicated sections for footwear, apparel, winter sports, golf and fitness.

"Our goal is to be aggressive in meeting the need and demand for our products and services throughout this country," said David Campisi, president of Sports Authority. "We have already established ourselves as the pre-eminent sporting goods retailer in these markets, and the growth opportunity continues to be attractive. We're excited about expanding our footprint and look forward to success in every one of these stores."

About Sports Authority
Headquartered in Englewood, CO., Sports Authority is the nation's largest full-line sporting goods retailer, offering a comprehensive and high-quality assortment of brand name sporting apparel and equipment at competitive prices.

Sports Authority is staffed with experts in all areas of sports and fitness related topics, and strives to be the ultimate "authority," both on and off the field. Whether in the game or cheering from the sidelines, Sports Authority is the leading destination for consumers to fulfill their own sports equipment needs, as well as find their favorite team's apparel.

Sports Authority operates 441 stores in 45 states, and employs more than 17,000 people nationwide. It also operates stores in Japan under a licensing agreement with AEON Co., Ltd. The company's e-commerce website is located at www.sportsauthority.com.

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