Make us your home page

Sports Authority store at Tampa's WestShore completes major renovation

TAMPA — Less than two months after Dick's Sporting Goods announced plans to open at WestShore Plaza, Sports Authority has completed a major renovation of its store across the street.

On Saturday, Sports Authority will celebrate the "grand reopening'' of its location at 4900 W Kennedy Blvd., answering speculation that the area wouldn't be able to sustain two sporting goods stores, at least in the short term.

A spokeswoman for the Englewood, Colo., chain said Tuesday the Sports Authority store had no plans of leaving any time soon.

The 38,000-square-foot store never closed during construction but underwent a significant redesign to improve the layout and make the merchandise easier to find. The fishing section was eliminated and women's clothing and yoga gear were expanded.

The renovation was part of a companywide effort to enhance the look and customer experience of new and existing stores nationwide. The privately owned company has more than 450 stores in 45 states, including eight stores in the Tampa Bay area.

The first 250 customers to the West­Shore store Saturday will receive scratch and win Mystery Bucks ranging from $5 to $500. Drawings for $100 gift cards will be held hourly and shoppers can enter a raffle to win a $500 shopping spree.

In late April, Dick's Sporting Goods said it plans to open a flagship store in the former Saks Fifth Avenue at WestShore Plaza sometime early next year. At the time, Sports Authority had no comment.

Both stores sell athletic clothes, sports equipment and outdoor gear.

Sports Authority store at Tampa's WestShore completes major renovation 06/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Carrollwood fitness center employs scientific protocol to help clients


    In 2005, Al Roach and Virginia Phillips, husband and wife, opened 20 Minutes to Fitness in Lakewood Ranch, and last month they opened the doors to their new location in Carrollwood.

    Preston Fisher, a personal fitness coach at 20 Minutes To Fitness, stands with an iPad while general manager/owner Angela Begin conducts an equipment demonstration. The iPad is used to track each client's information and progress. I also included one shot of just the equipment. The center recently opened in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  2. Olive Tree branches out to Wesley Chapel


    WESLEY CHAPEL — When it came time to open a second location of The Olive Tree, owners John and Donna Woelfel, decided that Wesley Chapel was the perfect place.

    The Olive Tree expands its offerings of "ultra premium?€ extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) to a second location in Wesley Chapel. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  3. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  4. New York town approves Legoland proposal


    GOSHEN, N.Y. — New York is one step closer to a Lego dreamland. Goshen, a small town about fifty miles northwest of the Big Apple, has approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park.

    A small New York town, Goshen approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park. Legoland Florida is in Winter Haven. [Times file  photo]
  5. Jordan Park to get $20 million makeover and new senior housing

    Real Estate


    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back the troubled Jordan Park public housing complex this year, plans to spend about $20 million to improve the 237-unit property and construct a new three-story building for …

    Jordan Park, the historic public housing complex, is back in the hands of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. The agency is working to improve the 237-unit complex. But the latest plan to build a new three-story building for seniors will mean 31 families have to find new homes. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]