A retailer acquainted to many College of Kentucky sports activities followers is opening a retailer in Lexington.
Academy Sports activities + Outside is opening its first Lexington retailer subsequent week. The shop could have a ribbon chopping on Sept. 30 with festivities by Oct. 2 at 3220 Nicholasville Rd., within the South Park purchasing middle the place the previous Workplace Depot and Mattress Bathtub and Past shops had been.
Academy Sports activities + Outside is a sponsor of “SEC Nation,” the ESPN-SEC Community’s touring soccer pre-game present, and is the official sporting items retailer of the SEC. Advertisements for the shop play in heavy rotation round Wildcat recreation protection.
That is the sixth Academy retailer in Kentucky and the fifth of 9 new shops that the chain plans to open this yr.
The South Park purchasing middle, which is one among Lexington’s oldest, in recent times welcomed a brand new Burlington Retailer; in 2023 a brand new Fundamental Occasion Leisure venue, restaurant and bar is scheduled to open subsequent to the South Park outlets.
What does Academy Sports activities promote?
The 80,000-square-foot Academy retailer could have sports activities and outdoor merchandise, together with Nike, Adidas, The North Face, Beneath Armour, Columbia, Yeti, Traeger, Carhartt, Drake Waterfowl, Timberland, Coleman and extra.
In partnership with UK Athletics, Academy additionally could have licensed UK attire, novelty and tailgating gadgets.
UK athletes opening weekend
The brand new retailer location is planning a number of giveaways and particular occasions for opening weekend:
▪ The primary 150 clients (retailer opens at 9 a.m.on Friday, 8 a.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. on Sunday) will get a thriller reward card valued between $10 and $500;
▪ Household-friendly video games and prizes and free customized T-shirts, midday to five p.m. Friday, with native meals truck Taco Trujillo on website giving out free samples till 2 p.m.;
▪ Kentucky Soccer Tailgate Get together on Saturday, 10 a.m. to five p.m., with family-friendly video games and prizes, native meals vehicles together with Kona Ice and Taco Trujillo till 2 p.m., a meet-and-greet with UK basketball nice Kyle Macy midday to 2 p.m. and meet-and-greet with Kentucky girls athletes 1 to 2:30 p.m.;
▪ Household-frendly video games 10 a.m. to three p.m., meet-andgreet with UK guard Cason Wallace from midday to 1 p.m. and native meals vehicles Kona Ice and Taco Trujillo from midday to 2 p.m. with free samples whereas provides final.