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Academy Sports + Outdoors is a sports goods discount store chain. For 74 years it was a privately held company owned by the Gochman family, until its May 2011 sale of majority ownership to the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts LP. Academy operates 150 stores (as of Oct. 2012) across the Southeastern United States. Academy Sports and Outdoors has its corporate offices and product distribution center in unincorporated western Harris County, Texas, United States, near Katy.
Prior to August 2011, the company was owned by the Gochman Family and led by Chairman and CEO David Gochman. David's grandfather, Max Gochman, started Academy Sports + Outdoors over 70 years ago when he opened Academy Tire Shop in 1938 in San Antonio, Texas. After a few years, Max began selling military surplus, and the store continued to evolve into what it is now — a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with an assortment of hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, and apparel. Today, annual sales exceed $2.7 billion. The corporate headquarters located in Katy will be doing an expansion of its facilities with a completion date of 2015. 
Academy stores have six departments:
- Team Sports (Including the Golf Shop and Fitness Flat)
- Camping (Including patio furniture and cooking supplies)
- Hunting and Fishing (including firearm sales, boating, and truck and trailer accessories)
- Front End (cash registers, including hunting and fishing license sales at select registers)
Academy Sports and Outdoors E-commerce site launched summer of 2011. The web site is a product of IBM eCommerce portal that includes WCS and Sterling. Peter Chan and his team was instrumental in leading the SQA efforts of the fulfillment center launch and daily support of the application.
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