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Dick's Sporting Goods set to open in Ashland

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- The new Dick's sporting goods store, which holds its grand opening Friday on River Hill Drive, will employ about 60 people, according to Tom Osborn, senior community marketing manager for Dick's.

Construction on the 50,000-square-foot store adjacent to Wal-Mart on Melody Mountain started earlier this year. Two other stores, PetSmart, is scheduled to open next week and Great Clips, will open in the next few weeks, said Bo Gunlock, vice president of asset management for R G Properties, developer for the project.

This weekend, Dick's will open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store also will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Starting Monday, store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, he said.

Kenny "Sky" Walker, a former University of Kentucky basketball star, will be in the store from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The store will have 50 full and part-time associates and seven leads or managers at its Ashland store, Osborn said.

"We'll have prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend," Osborn said.

"We're excited to be here in the Ashland area to serve the needs of the local athletes and outdoor enthusiasts," Osborn said.

The opening of Dick's represents the second phase of development for the Melody Mountain project, Gunlock said Tuesday. "We got caught in the crosshairs of the economy," he said. "It was painful, but we were patient. I think Dick's is a terrific fit. We're just excited as we can be."

The developer also has signed with Kohl's to open another store on Melody Mountain next year. A pad for the store is to be delivered March 1. Construction is expected to take about 160 days, weather permitting, he said.

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