KATY — Academy, Ltd., a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, announced Wednesday it will open its first store in Waxahachie in time for the holiday shopping season.

Academy Sports + Outdoors will serve as the anchor for a new retail center developed by Hunt Properties, Inc. The development is something Doug Barnes, Waxahachie’s director of Economic Development, excited about as a sign of Waxahachie’s attraction as a retail center.

“When you have a quality developer like Hunt Properties invest hundreds of thousands of dollars and bring in a nationally recognized retailer like Academy to anchor its retail development, it’s huge for our community,” Barnes said. “Not only does it allow citizens to shop locally, but it improves the quality of life and expands what we serve to our community.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors’ Waxahachie store will be nearly 63,000 square feet and create approximately 100 jobs, according to a press release from the retailer. The new store will provide similar services to the existing DFW locations such as scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange, racquet stringing and will sell hunting and fishing licenses along with local team licensed apparel and novelty items, the release stated.

“Academy Sports + Outdoors has been a Texas tradition for over 75 years, and we’re excited to offer active-minded families in Waxahachie with a convenient location of their own,” said Ken Attaway, Academy Sports + Outdoors executive vice president, chief operating officer, in the press release. “We can’t wait to welcome holiday shoppers and look forward to being an active member of the Waxahachie community for years to come.”

Barnes also noted that the Academy Sports + Outdoors provides a niche that local and area shoppers did not have in the city.

“Well we’re very pleased to have Academy in Waxahachie. They will serve our community well with the type of products they offer. Before, citizens have gone outside the city to shop at Academy stores,” he said.

A cornerstone of the Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is active community support and grassroots involvement throughout its footprint, the release stated, adding that the company has a history of giving back to local communities through partnerships with sports teams, youth organizations, and outdoor conservation programs.

Locally, Academy Sports + Outdoors is the Official Sporting Goods Retailer of the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers, and also supports conservation groups including CCA Texas, Ducks Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation along with many local youth leagues.

Individuals interested in careers can visit www.academy.com/careers to apply for positions. Prior to the store opening, customers can shop academy.com, receive the digital version of the weekly ad, engage with Academy Sports + Outdoors through its social media sites, sign up for email and SMS text alerts, or visit any of the 17 DFW area stores.