CHICAGO, May 30 // — Sportmart, a division of Gart Sports Company (Nasdaq:GRTS), the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the Western United States has opened two stores in the Chicago area, one in Matteson, IL and one in Bolingbrook, IL. These new stores bring the total number of Sportmart stores in the Chicago area to 19.

Both stores feature a running shop, an extreme shop (bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, and paintball) and will offer the best equipment for golf, softball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, football, fishing, hunting, camping, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, in-line skating, water sports, and back yard games. Sportmart also offers a wide range and variety of brand name apparel and footwear for men, women and youth including performance apparel for men and women.

The Matteson, IL store, located at 4632 W. 211th Street is approximately 38,000 square feet and the Bolingbrook store located at 257 North Weber Road is approximately 44,000 square feet. Grand Opening activities include athlete appearances, product sampling, product giveaways and register to win opportunities for the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees games on June 7th & 8th or one of 500 pairs of tickets to a Chicago Cubs game in September.

“Chicago has been a very successful market for us. With the addition of the Matteson and Bolingbrook stores, we have the opportunity to expand our business and better serve our Chicago customers,” said Doug Morton, president and CEO of Gart Sports Company. “Our growth strategy is on target to open 15 stores for 2003.”

Gart Sports Company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the Western United States. Gart was established in 1928 and offers a comprehensive high-quality assortment of brand name sporting apparel and equipment at competitive prices. Gart operates 181 stores in 25 states under Gart Sports(R), Sportmart(R) and Oshman’s(R) names. Gart’s retail websites, located at, and, are operated by GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. under a license and e-commerce agreement. Gart trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “GRTS.”