NEW YORK — With plans to double its 500-member corporate work force in three years, The Sports Authority is in the market for a new home for its offices.
The 168-unit operation plans to build or purchase a building in six months to a year, according to Jack Smith, chairman and chief executive officer. The Sports Authority has been based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., since its founding in 1987.
To discuss potential locations, executives are meeting with developers and politicians in three counties in Florida — Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, said Smith, who has not ruled out staying in Fort Lauderdale.
Smith dismissed rumors that The Sports Authority was interested in a 215,000-square-foot location in Delray Beach that is being built for Office Depot, whose corporate headquarters are adjacent to the site.
Aside from that location, it would be “very hard” to find a comparable building or area on which to build in Delray Beach, said Bill Wood, president of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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