Academy Sports & Outdoors to open by Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road

UPDATED — The east side has the new Cabela’s store at 21st and Greenwich, but the west side will have another sports and outdoor retail shop of its own.

Academy Sports & Outdoors finalized a deal Thursday to locate in more than 73,000 square feet just north of the Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road.

That’s just under the 80,000 square feet Cabela’s has.

“We consider ourselves to be a sports, outdoors and lifestyle retailer,” says spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook.

It was summer 2010 when Have You Heard? first reported that the Texas-based chain was looking to possibly come to Wichita.

The store will have a range of hunting, fishing and camping equipment in addition to sports and leisure products, including footwear and apparel among other things.

Cabela’s is just one of Academy Sports & Outdoors’ competitors. Hasbrook says the store will compete with smaller retailers as well.

“What’s great about Academy is you can get all those (products) in one place.”

She says merchandise changes seasonally.

“It’s another point of difference for sure.”

There are more than 135 Academy Sports & Outdoors stores throughout the south. This is the first in Kansas.

Hasbrook can’t say if the company might one day open a second Wichita store on the east side.

Ground breaking on the west side is scheduled to start Monday.

Hasbrook says the company plans to be in business here this year.

“Our goal is to get the store open prior to the holidays.”