Hibbett Sports to open Sylvester store

SYLVESTER, Ga. — Hibbett Sports is poised to open a store in Sylvester, creating eight full- and part-time jobs.

“We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Sylvester,” Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, said in a news release Thursday. “People in Sylvester take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they’ve been looking for.”

Known for serving small communities, Hibbetts has been selling sporting goods since 1945 and has more than 800 stores in the U.S., with most of them concentrated in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Currently, the company has two stores in metro Albany — one at the Albany Mall, the other at the Walmart SuperCenter on Ledo Road in Lee County.