Academy Sports Set to Replace Former Kroger Site

The sports store will occupy former grocer's site, while another grocery chain is set to come to Hiram, as are several other businesses.

The question about who would occupy the old Kroger site in Hiram has now been answered as Academy Sports and Outdoors is working on plans for a new store at the location.

Paulding Planning and Zoning staff members have reviewed and approved the civil plans for the new Academy store and they are now reviewing architectural plans.

Academy's project manager and architect were in Hiram on Tuesday to discuss plans for the building, which is slated to be slightly over 74,000 square feet. Plans call for the old Kroger store to be torn down and replaced by the new Academy building.

Academy plans to enhance the parking lot by using parking islands with landscaping around those areas in front of the store.

Chris Robinson, Paulding Planning and Zoning managers said of the landscaping changes, "All you have now in the parking lot is just asphalt and Academy plans some nice landscaping."

According to Robinson, one of the first things the Academy visitors requested was information about how they could be of assistance to nonprofits in the area.

On the Academy website, one of the stated goals is "active community support and grassroots involvement."

"They have been super to work with," Robinson added.

If plans continue to move ahead as scheduled, Robinson said construction could start as early as August.

Academy is a Texas-based company and is moving into many new markets, especially in Georgia. Currently they have over 125 stores in 11 states.

Academy stores offer a wide range of sporting goods, including hunting, fishing, camping and outdoors, boating and marine, golf, and fitness equipment. 

In addition to Academy, several other new businesses will be locating along the Highway 278 corridor in Hiram.

The Aldi grocery chain has been given approval on civil plans for a new location on the south side of Highway 278 near Cleburne Parkway, with architectural approval expected on Thursday. Robinson expects the grocery store to be completed prior to the Academy opening.

A new Olive Garden restaurant has received all local approvals and has now received state approval for a stream buffer variance. The restaurant will be located on the north side of Highway 278.

In addition to the new construction, Robinson reported that Party City and Kirklands will be moving into vacant space along the corridor.

Lynne Andrews June 23, 2011 at 02:00 PM
I would love to see a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant come to Hiram .FreshSalad bar with lots offruit and homemade breads and wonderful soups. They are popular in Florida. This would be for those of us who don't want Mexican food or chicken wings each weekend !!
Katrina Hall June 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM
I think that it will be GREAT for Hiram, can not wait to take my kids! Katrina Hall
edamame June 23, 2011 at 04:02 PM
I thought Kirklands already opened a Hiram location near the Sam's Club.
Greg O'Neal June 23, 2011 at 05:22 PM
I wonder if Paulding County will be able to support another sports store. It's very likely that one of them will end up closing within as year or two of this one opening. Perhaps their merchandise selection will be diverse enough so as to not cannibalize sales at our established stores.
DM June 23, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Another sports store, really? what about a Whole Foods, Trader Vics, perhaps even Old Navy or JoAnn's? Since the Hiram Coffee House has closed, a J. Christophers or a cool trendy breakfast place would be nice in the area--perhaps replace the old Sonny Barbeque Building.
Nancy Dieterich June 23, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I can hardly wait! I moved from Texas and soooo miss Academy. Also, Aldi is a great option for their specials. This is great news. Nancy
Joey June 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM
This sporting good store is like no other in PC. It will be a much need store.
Merle Norman Cosmetics June 24, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Merle Norman cosmetics We are very excited about our new neighbors! Remember the other businesses, including us, will still be open for business during the construction process. Thanks to all our loyal customers who Shop Paulding first!
FELICIA THRELKELD June 24, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Excited!! Would also love to get a Food Depo here in Paulding County
Orrb June 24, 2011 at 02:06 PM
This is nice. I can't wait to go see it when it is done. We really need some kind of store in the Union area. Also Pizza delivery would make a killing here. All we have in Union/Yorkville is nasty pizza delivery. I don't want the area to boom on this side, but a pizza delivery would be amazing.
Mike322 June 25, 2011 at 02:03 PM
I'm excited that Academy is coming. I walked into one in Macon a few years ago and was blown away at all the different types of sporting goods they offered. Anyone that goes into one will find something that they are into. I fish a lot and I have found prices cheaper than Bass pro without giving up anything in quality. People from Paulding County should be and will be glad to have Academy here.
Debbie Winkles June 30, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I think that is great because it does bring jobs to the county. I wish Paulding would get Red Lobster to come - there are NO seafood restaurants in Paulding County...we need one desperately...doesn't have to be Red Lobster, but a seafood restaurant nonetheless....
Michael Chaille July 01, 2011 at 05:25 AM
The Sea Breeze Seafood Restaurant of Douglasville is much better than the Red Lobster. You might give it a try sometime. It's 9610 Hwy 5 near the Red Lobster.
Tommy LeBoeuf August 16, 2011 at 12:08 AM
very excited, love the one in Houma, Louisiana, very good prices, on hunting equipment etc. can't wait.
Michael Chaille August 16, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Any word on when the Olive Garden is to open, as well as the exact location?
Michael Chaille October 19, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Any word yet on the opening date of the Olive Garden?
Jt Fulkerson December 21, 2011 at 03:07 AM
I would love love love to see a WHOLE FOODS in Hiram.... We have no grocery stores there anymore unless you like Walmart for groceries which I don't. A second stand alone sporting store, what were they thinking plus you have Walmart sporting inside there store too.
Prescilla Givens-Stitt December 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I would love to see Stein Mart in Hiram. I am excited about Aldi coming to Hiram...love their produce.
Vincent T Jackson January 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Where is the exact location of the Olive Garden in Hiram? Also what is being built at the former location of Sonny's BBQ?
Michael Chaille January 29, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Kauffman Tire is moving from its present location on 92 across from K-Mart to where Sonny's used to be. No one has ever answered these posts as to where the Olive Garden would be located. Makes me wonder if they changed their mind!
Duane R. Demeritt, CFM January 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
From my understanding, Olive Garden has received all the approvals to begin building. It is to be located next to Jim N' Nicks (at the corner of Greenfield Road).
Tracie Farrar March 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Clearly, you dont ever have a need for sporting goods if you think Walmart's sporting goods section is even considered much of an option. For the most part, those of us who really need a big selection of sporting goods still have to go to Dicks in Kennesaw to find what we're looking for. I'm happy Hiram got Academy but would also like to see another grocery store close by.
Peggy Reese March 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Absolutely! Our wish has finally come true having Academy right down the road and not 30 to 50 miles away. The only time we would go would be when we were travelling and would stock up on all the great products Academy offers. Thank you for coming our way!
Beth Henson March 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
That;s great. Can;t wait.
Michael Chaille March 12, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Still waiting on the Olive Garden to break ground....
Michael M. March 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
When is Academy Opening?
Contidog April 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
April 20th
Michael Chaille April 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Still waiting on the Olive Garden to break ground.... ;)
concered patron April 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sounds as if no one shops at Hibbett Sports on this blog. When was the last time you bought something besides little league equipment which they carry already?
Paulding Resident April 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Would LOVE. A Publix in Hiram. Just sayin'. Olive Garden is a great idea!! Red Lobster would be great also!


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