Sporting goods retailer eyes La. Ave. By Leslie Turk
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Acadiana’s largest sporting goods retailer, plans to open a second Lafayette store in the Stirling Lafayette Shopping Center on Louisiana Avenue. While Stirling Properties’ website shows a projected summer 2011 opening, it’s unclear if the deal has been finalized.
Lafayette’s original Academy relocated from Johnston Street to its current 120,000-square-foot space on Ambassador Caffery in 2006 and is commonly regarded as one of the top performers in the Texas-based chain, which has more than 100 stores across the Southeast.
A market analysis conducted for a prospect several years ago revealed that Acadiana has the highest concentration of hunting and fishing licenses in the state, LEDA President Gregg Gothreaux tells ABiz. An Academy at I-10 and Louisiana Avenue would draw from a market area of about 750,000 people, he says.
Stirling Properties declined comment, and an Academy spokeswoman was out of her office and could not be reached before press time.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.