Academy Sports to open in late spring, add 100 jobs to area

Academy Sports+Outdoors on Highway 12 will open in late spring (photo by Sarah Raines, SDN)
Staff Writer

Academy Sports+Outdoors on Highway 12 is almost finished with construction and the store is set to open in late spring, bringing around 100 new jobs to Starkville.

The Starkville location will be Academy's eighth location in Mississippi. Currently, the closest Academy Sports store to Starkville is in Tupelo.

The store is positioned behind the AT&T store and Sweet Pepper’s.

"We're always looking to expand, and we're excited to offer the Starkville community a convenient new shopping destination," Academy Sports Communication Specialist Karly Makovy said. "Because our store caters to active-minded customers, the Starkville area was a great fit … We are excited to be in Starkville and serve those Bulldog customers."

The Starkville location will carry apparel for local sports teams. Academy Sports sells products for outdoor sports and recreational activities, from hunting and fishing to jerseys and sports equipment.

"The store is going to bring approximately 100 jobs to the area," Makovy said. "Information on job positions will be posted online. There is information on salary and part-time positions for those people."

Applications are being accepted on the Academy career website.

"We're really excited to enter the community," Makovy said. "We could serve a lot of things in Starkville — a lot of outdoor activities that the community can be involved with. We've been eyeing the community for a while."