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Hibbett Sports prepares for new location

Special to The Hays Daily News

Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc., an Alabama-based sporting goods company operating as Hibbett Sports, is pleased to announce its newest store will be opening in Hays, employing approximately eight full- and part-time team members.

"We're thrilled to be opening a new store in Hays," said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods. "People in Hays take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for."

The store is located in The Mall but will be moving to its own location near Walmart SuperCenter.

Hibbett is a fast-growing operator of more than 900 full-line sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, most of them located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The company's primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-foot store located in dominant strip centers and enclosed malls.

The stores offer a large selection of quality athletic equipment, footwear and apparel, with a focus on knowledgeable, friendly customer service, offering customers information they can't always get at other stores selling sports products. The company features an expansive selection of brand-name merchandise, with an eye toward meeting the needs of the team and individual sports participants. Another priority is offering localized apparel and accessories.

Hibbett Sports has a long history of focusing on the needs of local teams and leagues, providing a variety of services to meet the needs of coaches and players alike.

Hibbett Sporting Goods, which began in 1945, is the only sporting goods chain committed to serving small markets. Keeping costs low while keeping customers happy has proven to be a successful goal for Hibbett Sports as the company continues to successfully expand its number of stores across the U.S.