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US retailers announce store expansion plans


Two of the biggest retailers in the US – both of which sell fishing tackle – have announced expansion plans.

Big box chain Academy Sports + Outdoors will launch its first locations in Tampa Bay later this year and early next, bringing the company’s stores in Florida to 15.

Founded in 1938, the Texas-based company now has more than 250 stores across the US.

“Tampa Bay is not only known for its enthusiastic sports fanbase, but also boasts renowned fishing, beaches and outdoor activities,” said Sam Johnson, Academy’s Executive Vice President of Retail Operations.

“Our team is eager to serve the local community and make it easier to have fun and gear up by providing great value and unmatched service.”

Meanwhile, Bass Pro Shops has revealed plans to open a new 140,000 square foot superstore in Irvine, California, adding to its Rancho Cucamonga store in the south of the state.

“We are tremendously excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Irvine Company to bring our next generation Outdoor World store to Irvine,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “There is no stronger company to work with in the region that is focused on the outdoor, coastal lifestyle and conservation.”

Next year is Bass Pro Shops’ 50th anniversary. It began in a tiny corner of a liquor store and has grown to a retail powerhouse of nearly 200 outlets.

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