Fla. chain to open 2 area stores K mart subsidiary to sell sporting goods


The Sports Authority, a sporting goods subsidiary of K mart Corp. which boasts that it carries four miles of tennis string, 42,000 pieces of apparel and 25 tons of weight-lifting iron in each store, said yesterday that it will open two locations in the Baltimore area by fall.

Reisterstown-based Kasco Chesapeake Builders Inc. broke ground for the stores earlier this month in the Price Club Plazas in Glen Burnie and White Marsh.

Kasco spokesman William A. Bunter said the capital investment on the buildings is roughly $4.25 million combined.

The store in Glen Burnie will be roughly 41,000 square feet and the one in White Marsh will be roughly 51,000 square feet.

Each store will employ 75 people, Sports Authority spokesman William Lehrburger said yesterday.

The 19-store chain, which is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has one other store in Maryland, in Greenbelt.

Founded in 1987 and acquired by K mart in March, Sports Authority plans to expand nationwide at a rate of 15 stores a year for the next several years, Mr. Lehrburger said. No other stores in Maryland are planned at this time, he said.

The Sports Authority is billed as a "megastore" and carries a wide array of brand name equipment, active wear and footwear for the sports enthusiast at warehouse prices.

"Virtually every sport is here," Mr. Lehrburger said, including hunting, fishing and team sports.

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