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Sports Warehouse submits permit for expansion
Tennis Warehouse

Sports Warehouse opened its doors in Forsyth County in 2017, and it appears an expansion is around the corner.

A sketch plat permit was recently filed to Forsyth County to build commercial buildings totaling 140,000 square feet including 4,000 square feet of retail with 142 parking spaces on eight acres at the intersection of Jones Road and Blue Lakes Parkway.

At a meeting of the Forsyth County Development Authority earlier this year, Sports Warehouse CEO Drew Munster said the project is expected to be completed in 2021.

The county’s development authority and Forsyth County Commissioners approved an inducements resolution, the first step toward a bond for property tax abatement, for the company, in 2017.

Earlier this year, the development authority took the first steps to authorize amending revenue bonds from $20 million to $24 million for the expansion.

The company, coined as a “global retail supplier of sports and outdoor equipment,” also does business as Tennis Warehouse, Running Warehouse, Tackle Warehouse, Skate Warehouse, Inline Warehouse, Ice Warehouse, Derby Warehouse, Riding Warehouse, Art’s Cyclery, Racquetball Warehouse and Total Pickleball.

While little information about the use of the project is available, an email used in the application is for Tennis Warehouse, and the company announced Tennis Warehouse and Running Warehouse would be coming to the county.

The new building will be across Jones Road from Sports Warehouse’s current facility.

The permit is still in the early phases. A preliminary zoning review meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2. After that, there will be an applicant work period lasting until March 2020 before the permit goes before commissioners.

Sports Warehouse is also a part of the development authority’s agenda for their meeting on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Forsyth County Administration Building at 110 East Main Street in Cumming.