Who knew that everyone’s favorite sporting goods store has its corporate office in Katy, Texas?
Academy Sports + Outdoors‘
Corporate Office and Distribution Center
1800 N. Mason Road
Katy, Texas 77449
This business currently operates over 131 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, and earns 2.7 billion in revenue. It was started in San Antonio, Texas in 1938 by a Jewish immigrant named Max Gochman, and was called “Academy Tire Shop.” It then expanded into selling military surplus, changed its name to “Academy Super Surplus,” and moved to Austin, Texas to open four stores. Max’s son, Arthur Gochman, purchased the business, changed the name to “Academy Corp.” and opened six stores in Houston, Texas. In 1990 Academy Sports + Outdoors moved to its headquarters and distribution center to its current location in Katy, Texas. Arthur’s son, David Gochman, became president and CEO of the corporation in 1996. Currently, Academy Sports + Outdoors has a second distribution center in Twiggs County, Georgia, and is led by Chairman and CEO David Gochman and President Rodney Faldyn, however, on June 5, 2011, Academy was acquired by the private equity firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR). This firm is also invested in Dollar General, Gillette, RJR Nabisco, Safeway and Toys “R” Us.
Visit our local Academy:
23155 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77450