BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Dick's Sporting Goods is opening soon in Bowling Green.
"This is going to be our ninth store in the state of Kentucky, and our 544th store nationwide. We are looking forward to the opening of our new store in Bowling Green, and becoming a part of the community there," said Kim Bittinger, Dick's Sporting Goods.
Dick's is a part of a major development in the Gary Farms area that also includes a Bed Bath and Beyond.
"It shows that Bowling Green is recognized by national retailers as the place to be. We're not only the center of the region for shopping, restaurants, education and medical facilities, but specialty large box retailers too," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
The sporting goods store said it wants to be a part of the community by creating partnerships and sponsorships.
"We're proud to be able to do sports as a way to help teach kids valuable life lessons and fundamentals of sports. So, that's definitely something we look forward to doing the marketing outreach in Bowling Green as well," said Bittinger.
This development isn't the only thing in Bowling Green right now.
You might have noticed a new building on Campbell Lane near the Nashville Road intersection.
Property owner David Sears said an AT&T store is set to move in this December.
Bowling Green city officials said all of this is a good sign for the local economy.
"Now it's time for that slow trek to come out of the recession. It won't be as fast as it has been in the past, but we're excited about what's going on," said Wilkerson.
The soft open for Dick's Sporting Goods will be Wednesday, and store officials said the grand opening will be Friday.