Lengthy Island state parks have been much less well-liked within the Summer season of 2021 than final yr, officers mentioned Wednesday, pinning the decline not on the collection of shark sightings however on the easing of pandemic curbs giving individuals different choices than the outside.

Nonetheless, attendance at Brentwood State Park, a fancy of athletic fields, greater than doubled, revealing how contact sports activities, thought of too excessive threat final yr, evidently proved much more well-liked once they resumed.

This summer time, 1.04 million guests hit the park’s enjoying fields, up from 425,000 in 2020 and 481,500 in 2019. Underneath

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After a strong first quarter paced by apparel and footwear sales, Academy Sports + Outdoors Inc. anticipates healthy back-to-school and holiday 2021 seasons, and high, single-digit-comp sales for the entire year.

“Halfway through the first quarter in 2020 when COVID-19 was shutting everything down, apparel and footwear really slowed down, but we gained that back,” Ken Hicks, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Academy, told WWD. “The good news is because we stayed open during the pandemic, we were able to understand what was selling and wasn’t selling so that enabled us to place the [right] orders for the

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