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Two new stores coming to Charlotte-area, bringing jobs

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Academy Sports  + Outdoors will open two new Charlotte-area stores on March 8, 2013. One store will open in Concord and the other in Kannapolis.

Each of the 71,000 square-foot stores will be staffed with approximately 150 associates.

The Concord store will open at 8675 Concord Mills Boulevard, near Concord Mills Mall. The Kannapolis store will open at 2211 Elder Lane.

"We could not be more excited to add two new stores to this area for customers to shop our wide selection of products at our everyday low prices," says Kevin Chapman, Academy Sports + Outdoors executive vice president of stores. "As we continue our expansion in this region, we look forward to being active members of the Charlotte community for years to come."

Academy is a sports, outdoor, and lifestyle retailer. The company says it is committed to community involvement, including support of local youth sports leagues, conservation groups, regional sports teams, and more.

Both stores will cut their ceremonial ribbons on Thursday, March 7 during a private ceremony where they will also donate $100 shopping sprees to 100 total children from the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County and the Cannon Memorial YMCA – Kannapolis Branch. Both events are private.

Following the openings to the public; Academy will host a three-day grand opening celebration starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at both new stores. Amongst the several giveaways at each store will be a free pair of Crocs to the first 100 customers in line that Friday morning. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend and will feature other giveaways from brands like Adidas, Callaway and Wrangler, product try-ons, interactive demos, product displays, games for the whole family, plus opportunities to interact with pros who represent top brands sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Academy opened its first Charlotte-area store in Rock Hill, SC in March 2012, followed by its Hickory, NC opening this past September. With the addition of the two new stores, the company will have brought a total of 550 new jobs to the region in the past year.

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