In an update, Ken Hicks, CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors,  said Academy Sports has been deemed an essential retailer by CISA in most of its markets and the majority of its stores remain open.

The update, from April 8, noted that store hours will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide time to perform extra cleaning.

In a March 30 update, Academy Sports said almost all of its stores and all three of its distribution centers remain open for business as the retailer said it has been determined to be an essential retailer by several CISA sector standards, in part, because the retailer’s products are used to counter the severe weather season in the southwest region.

At the time, Academy Sports said it would be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at one time, cleaning carts and handbasket handles before providing them to customers, enforcing distancing by opening only every other point-of-sale register and taking other steps as precautions to protect customers.

The full letter from April 8 follows:

Academy Sports + Outdoors recognizes it has been deemed an essential retailer by CISA and in most of its markets and is supporting customers and communities fighting the COVID-19 crisis. Our front line team members are working hard to ensure our customers and communities can safely get what they need to make it through these trying times.

In order to support our team members and help them navigate through this crisis, we are going to be open Saturday, April 11, closed on Easter Sunday April 12 and will reopen Monday April 13. Academy.com is always available to take care of customers’ needs. Our store hours will continue to be 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am – 7 pm on Sundays other than Easter. We appreciate your understanding as we make this move to better serve you as we go forward.

Thank you for shopping at Academy. We wish you all the best health and wellness as we work through this crisis situation.

Ken C. Hicks
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Chairman, President, and CEO