Mobile-based firm breaks ground on 71,000-square-foot sporting goods retail center in September Mobile, Alabama (September tbd 2010) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently was awarded a $2.9 million bid to build a 71,000-square-foot store for one of the nation’s leading sporting goods retailers. The Mobile, AL-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Austin, Texas, Raleigh, N.C. and Gulfport, Miss. – has broken ground on the Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Weslaco, Texas this month. “The project – set on an 8-acre site - includes all site work, utilities, parking areas and building construction,” said Ray Parker, senior project manager for White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The building is Academy’s proto-typical concrete tilt wall construction. The store is slated for completion within 150 days, or by February 2011. “White-Spunner has built 15 Academy stores to date and we value our long-term relationship with them,” said Parker. “We look forward to doing more stores for Academy, as they continue to expand in these tough economic times.” Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers, operating over 100 stores across the southeastern United States. The retailer has continued to expand by offering the sports and outdoors enthusiast a broad selection of equipment, apparel, and footwear at everyday low prices. A leader in the sporting goods industry, Academy Sports + Outdoors ranks among the highest in sales per store and highest sales per square foot of any other sporting goods retailer in the country. The company boasts a compounded annual sales growth rate of 17% over the past ten years. The retail company’s newly expanded distribution center spans more than a million square feet of processing and inventory space, and operates day and night to supply various store locations with merchandise. Future expansion plans include opening additional store locations throughout the Southeastern region of the United States, including the new store in Weslaco, Texas. About White-Spunner Construction White-Spunner Construction, Inc. is a general contracting, design build and construction management company based in Mobile, Alabama, with branch offices in Gulfport, MS, Austin, TX, and Raleigh, NC. Incorporated in 1981, White-Spunner Construction is committed to safety, quality and integrity. One of the leading construction companies in the Southeast, White-Spunner Construction is licensed in 37 states and works closely with clients on institutional, multi-family, industrial, commercial and healthcare projects. White-Spunner Construction strives to maintain long-term owner relationships by striving to complete every project on schedule and within budget. For more information, contact Hugh McCoy at 800.471.5189.