Academy Sports to open on July 19

STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON Academy Sports & Outdoors will open next week.

Academy Sports & Outdoors is opening next week.

A sign is hanging at the recently constructed retail store at Hitchcock Plaza off Silver Bluff Road states that it will open on July 19.

The new store sits where Stein Mart was formerly located. The old Stein Mart space was demolished in January for construction of the Academy Sports that’s approximately 62,000 square feet in size.

The sporting goods store announced it was coming to Aiken last summer.

The space where the retailer chose to locate had been vacant for several years as Stein Mart closed its doors in 2009.

The next closest Academy Sports and Outdoors is located in Evans, Ga. According to the website, South Carolina currently has four Academy locations.

Academy offers athletic and casual clothes and footwear as well as a large selection of sporting equipment, according to its website.

Calls to Academy Sports corporate office for more information about the opening were not returned by press time.