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.”

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Academy Sports and Outdoors may come to Wichita

WICHITA — Academy Sports and Outdoors is looking to possibly come to Wichita.

In fact, the sporting goods chain was close to a deal in the 29th and Maize Road area a few months back.

It’s not clear what the holdup is, but Academy spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook says the company is evaluating Wichita.

Academy has stores throughout the South, including in neighboring Oklahoma and Missouri, but none in Kansas.

We’ll let you know if a deal happens here.