After a yearlong search for a site to relocate its corporate headquarters, Galyan’s Trading Co. has decided to stay in Plainfield.

The company said Tuesday it will work with Plainfield over the next year to locate a building site for a state-of-the-art facility in the town where the company was founded.

Galyan’s, with more than 4,500 employees nationwide, in the past year had scoped out properties in Indianapolis, including space in Downtown’s Circle Centre and a business park on the Northwestside.

In the end, those locations didnt fit the needs of the specialty lifestyle and athletics retailer, said Chief Executive Robert B. Mang.

“Plainfield is home to many of our employees, our original Galyan’s store and our new distribution center,” he said. “It makes sense for Galyan’s to place its corporate offices in a location that offers these synergies.”

Tuesday’s decision is a relief to Plainfield officials, who feared the loss of a public company and hundreds of jobs at its corporate headquarters.

“This is a good decision for both the town of Plainfield and Galyan’s,” said Robin G. Brandgard, president of the Plainfield Town Council. “The jobs that Galyan’s brings to the town and the prospective growth of this organization make Galyan’s a valuable corporate citizen for us.”

The company, now located in a former Wal-Mart building, said it has outgrown its space and desperately needs room not only to house current employees but also to increase its work force.