First Store Opens in Pier Park North

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PANAMA CITY -- One of the anchor stores for Pier Park North has become the first to open in the new retail center.

Dick's Sporting Goods opened it's doors Wednesday.

The athletic chain is located on the the corner of Back Beach Road and Pier Park Drive, on the west end of the development.

Locals are excited by Dick's arrival, saying the store fills a huge need especially on the beach.

"We have tons of outdoor activities around here so it's really important to get a really great selection and quality products and they you know everything," said Ashley Smith, shopper.

Dick's grand opening is this Saturday.

Pier Park north offers 390,000 square feet of retail space, with 27 confirmed stores and more to come.

Most of those stores will open over the next 2-months, employing up to 1,200 people.