Academy Sports + Outdoors and Hobby Lobby Coming to Prattville


CONTACT: Jamie Hatfield, 334-361-3649

DATE: March 24, 2009


Two nationally known retailers officially announce they will soon be opening in Prattville. Academy Sports & Outdoors based in Katy, Texas, and Hobby Lobby based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will open stores this fall in the first phase of The Exchange located at the intersection of Cobbs Ford Road and U.S. 82.

“This announcement is tremendous,” said Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr. During these tough economic times, retailers are choosing only the brightest spots in which to locate. This announcement further solidifies Prattville as one of Alabama’s premier retail destinations,” he continued.

Academy will operate a 74,000 square foot store and will offer in excess of 100 full and part time jobs. Hobby Lobby will occupy 55,000 square feet and create up to 50 full and part time jobs.

“We believe we will be a perfect fit for this community, as we understand, after three consecutive State 6A football championships, Prattville takes it’s sports seriously,” said Sandy Thompson, Marketing and Promotions of Academy Sports & Outdoors. Scott Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Real Estate for Hobby Lobby added, “Prattville is a great market, and we look forward to providing the City of Prattville with all of their arts, crafts and home decor needs.”

A planned ground breaking will follow in May and both stores are expected to open in the fall of 2009.

Academy Sports & Outdoors
Sandy Thompson, Marketing and Promotions

Hobby Lobby
Scott Nelson, Assistant V.P. of Real Estate