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Academy Sports + Outdoors Opens Major Distribution Hub In Cookeville, Tennessee

Academy Sports + Outdoors opened its newest 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Cookeville, Tennessee. The facility is the company's third distribution center which is planned to bring approximately 700 new jobs to the area over a five year period.

"This is an incredibly exciting time for Academy Sports + Outdoors as bringing this distribution facility online is a tremendous accomplishment that is the result of many years of hard work, dedication and planning by countless Academy team members, along with the many city, county, state and other local officials," said Academy Sports + Outdoors President/CEO, J.K. Symancyk. "We are deeply grateful to the State of Tennessee, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the City of Cookeville and Putnam County for their tireless efforts in making this facility a reality. We are looking forward to serving this community, our stores and our customers in this region for many years to come."

The Academy Sports + Outdoors distribution center is located near the Highlands Industrial Business Park along I-40 on the west side of Cookeville in Putnam County. The facility is planned to support Academy's network of stores throughout the Midwest along with its growing e-commerce business.

"We want to thank Academy Sports + Outdoors for choosing Putnam County and Tennessee," Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. "Academy is a world-class brand that can choose to do business anywhere. It says a great deal about our business climate that they are creating jobs here and investing in Tennessee."

"Employing a workforce of more than 260,000, Tennessee is the best state in the nation for transportation, logistics and distribution," TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said. "Academy Sports + Outdoors' decision to locate here underscores that fact. We want to congratulate the company on this opening and welcome them to Team Tennessee."

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