Sports Center, our brick and mortar store originally based in Downtown Natchez, MS, was founded in 1946. Our store quickly became an icon in Natchez, selling a variety of gear to outdoor and sport enthusiasts in the area. With continued success and growth, Sports Center eventually acquired Rex Sporting Goods in 1982, combined stores in 1984, and then in 2002, moved on to the 30,000 sq ft. remodeled Kroger grocery store on the bypass in Natchez. In 2005, Rex Sporting Goods became Rex Team sports, calling for team sports in high schools and colleges throughout the state of Mississippi. As the millennium progressed, Sports Center continued to thrive, and we opened another large sporting goods store in Starkville, MS, as well as a collegiate wear and fashion store, Maroon & Co., less than half a mile from Mississippi State University.
Today, Sports Center is a 3rd generation family own business specializing in top brands across all sporting activities. We are a huge part of the community we serve - a staple in Natchez, serving generations of families for over 50 years. We recognize that we wouldn’t be where we are today without our 50+ employees, a number of them being a member of the team for over 30 years.
In 2017, due to the changing landscape of the retail industry, we launched our website - Southern Professional Gear (soprogear.com). SoPro Gear was created to share our knowledge of sporting goods across the nation, providing quality products from the biggest and best name brand sport and hunting manufacturers. We look forward to serving our online customers and continuing to write this book of history for our growing company!
President, Southern Professional Gear