A replacement for the closed West Long Branch Sports Authority has been named, and it's a name locals will know well.
Dick's Sporting Goods will soon open in the vacant space in the West Long Branch Consumer Centre on Route 36. The shopping center is the largest retail area of the borough.
Sports Authority closed in 2016 after the company went out of business and shut down all its store. Dick's Sporting Goods is a very similar store with the closest location in Freehold near the Freehold Raceway Mall.
There is no definitive opening date but a small sign says that the sporting goods store is "opening soon."