First stores in The Exchange are announced

Trailer depicting the Academy Sports logo - Photo by Marc Parker
Trailer depicting the Academy Sports logo - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Academy Sports & Outdoors and Hobby Lobby will open stores this fall in the first phase of The Exchange located at the intersection of Cobbs Ford Road and U. S. 82.

“This announcement is tremendous,” said Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr. “During these tough economic times, retailers are choosing only the brightest spots in which to locate. This announcement further solidifies Prattville as one of Alabama’s premier retail destinations,” he continued.

Academy Sports & Outdoors, based in Katy Texas, will operate a 74,000 square foot store and will offer more than 100 full and part time jobs. The store is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers, operating 108 stores (as of October 2008) across the southeastern United States. Academy stores have six departments: Team Sports, footwear, camping, hunting and fishing, apparel, and front end (including hunting and fishing license sales).

“We believe we will be a perfect fit for this community, as we understand, after three consecutive State 6A football championships, Prattville takes its sports seriously,” said Sandy Thompson, Marketing and Promotions of Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will occupy 55,000 square feet and create up to 50 full and part time jobs. The store is a privately held retail chain of arts and crafts stores, with projections to have over 450 stores by the end of 2009.

Scott Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Real Estate for Hobby Lobby added, “Prattville is a great market, and we look forward to providing the City of Prattville with all of their arts, crafts, and home décor needs.”

A planned ground breaking will follow in May and both stores are expected to open in the fall of 2009.

Article by Melissa Parker

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