Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, will open its newest store on June 27 in Clermont.
“I think any growing community, or any community of stature, needs to have a good sporting goods store and we’ve got a big one now,” said Jim Hitt, Clermont’s economic development director.
Although Hibbit Sports has served Clermont well, Dick’s will increase the availability of merchandise for athletes and sports enthusiasts locally, Hitt said.
“Between what’s here already, sportswise, and with Dick’s opening now, I think we’ve got it covered,” he said of the new store at 1325 Sandy Grove Ave.
“Personally, I’m excited because Dick’s Sporting Goods is great,” Hitt said. “They’ve got a lot more than just sporting goods. They’ve got a whole bunch of different things and they carry big things like kayaks and canoes and stuff.”
Schmidt Construction is building the 40,218-square-foot store.
According to a press release from the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, the store will host three days of grand opening festivities with a variety of giveaways and special appearances.
Dick’s is a fortune 500 company that has more than 550 stores nationwide. Marketing spokesperson Cassie Eberle said the new store will feature Nike, Adidas and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing.
The Dick’s website is advertising at least a dozen or more jobs at the Clermont store, from signage coordinators, sales associates and specialists in various departments, to office personnel, sales leaders, maintenance workers, supervisors and general manager.
The website touts competitive pay, flexible schedules and associate discounts as benefits offered by Dick’s.
Hitt likes the store’s location because it not only fills the gap next to Hobby Lobby in Clermont, but because of its proximity to the National Training Center/LiveWell Fitness Center and the athletes, trainers and coaches who use the facility.
“People won’t have to travel out of south Lake to get what they need because it’s here,” Hitt said.