We've been watching for months as Dick's Sporting Goods finished its newest store in Fort Smith. This weekend is their grand opening, which is filled with celebrity appearances, prizes, and fishing demonstrations.
Below is the press release detailing this weekend's events:
Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration at Fort Smith Pavilion in Fort Smith, AR
Bass Professionals Zell Rowland, Billy Murray and Jimmy Houston, Green Bay Packer Brett Goode and former NFL running back Priest Holmes to Make Special Appearances
Pittsburgh, PA, October 24, 2011 - Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, invites the community of Fort Smith to their three-day grand opening weekend. The store will open its doors on Wednesday, October 26 and begin the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 28 at 8 AM at the retailer’s new location at Fort Smith Pavilion, 3825 Phoenix Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903 (479-646-8900). Special extended store hours will also be in effect for Friday (8 AM – 10 PM), Saturday (8 AM – 10 PM) and Sunday (9 AM – 8 PM).
Dick’s Sporting Goods has a variety of special athlete appearances and give-a-ways scheduled to celebrate the grand opening festivities. During the weekend’s activities, outdoor enthusiasts can learn bass fishing tips and techniques all weekend long from bass professional Chuck Devereaux on top of DICK’s 4,000 gallon bass tank from 11 AM – 6 PM Friday, Saturday and 11AM – 4PM Sunday, along with visiting the Ultimate Shootout archery trailer all weekend from 10AM – 7PM.
On Friday, the first customers through the door will receive a free adidas t-shirt while supplies last and bass professional Zell Rowland will be onsite from 4 – 6PM*. Known as the topwater king, Rowland has earned five BASS Tour titles.
Saturday, for the first 100 customers through the door, Crocs will be giving away a free pair of adult Crocs (limit one per person and must be 18 years or older) and customers can meet bass professionals Jimmy Houston from 10AM – 1PM*, Zell Rowland from 11AM – 2PM* and Billy Murray from 12pm-3pm*. Green Bay Packers Brett Goode will be onsite from noon – 2PM*. Houston was inducted in the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002, while Murray was elected in 1986. A native of Fort Smith, Goode was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Arkansas.
Sunday’s schedule will feature a Mystery Gift Card Giveaway for the first 100 customers, where unmarked gift cards will be handed out with varying denominations from $5 to one lucky $500 gift card (limit one per person, per household and must be 18 years or older). Plus a free Reebok t-shirt while supplies last and special appearance by former NFL running back Priest Holmes from noon – 2PM*. Also a native of Fort Smith, Holmes was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2001.
“Dick’s Sporting Goods is excited to become a member of the Fort Smith community with the opening of our newest location,” said Lauren Hobart, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chief Marketing Officer. “Unsurpassed customer service and the best products in the industry are the hallmarks of our stores and we’re excited to bring these traditions to Fort Smith. We look forward to becoming an integrated member of the Fort Smith community.”
The Fort Smith location will be the retailer’s third store in the state of Arkansas and their 473rd nationwide.
Throughout the weekend, customers can sign up for the $1,000 ScoreCard® Shopping Spree, earn triple points all weekend by signing up for the ScoreCard® Rewards Program, and register to win great prizes from The North Face, Crosman, SofSole, or Michael Mauro. Additionally, there will be activities throughout the store including product demonstrations by industry experts from Crocs, SofSole, and Berkley among others.