Academy Sports and Outdoors, a Houston-based sporting goods chain, will open its first Huntsville store at the NE corner of Nance Rd. and 72 West no later than next summer, according to an agreement between the City of Huntsville and the developer that will be discussed at tomorrow's (8/9/12) City Council meeting. At 71,000 square feet, the store will use one of the chain's larger designs. Academy has had a store in Decatur for several years now, and it was all but assured that they would move into the Huntsville market at some point.
Interesting note-- the developer is GBT Realty out of Nashville. You may recall that GBT is the owner/developer of The Shoppes of Madison, and in earlier plans of that center, Academy was to build a 55,000 sq. ft. store where Ross is now.