Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS), or Dick's, is a Fortune 500 American corporation in the sporting goods and retail industries. The company's headquarters are on the grounds of Pittsburgh International Airport in Findlay Township near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dick's has 451 stores in 42 states as of July 25, 2011, primarily in the eastern half of the United States. The company also owns Golf Galaxy, Inc., a golf specialty retailer, with 81 stores in 30 states. Founded in 1948 by Richard Dick Stack at the age of 18, the chain has expanded to become one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world. In 1948, at the age of 18, Richard Stack worked at an Army/Navy store in his hometown of Binghamton, New York, after World War II. At the owner_s request, Dick explored the idea of expanding the product line to include fishing and camping supplies, but the owner rejected Dick's suggestions, stating that Dick _would never make a good merchant._ When Dick recounted his story later that day, his grandmother advised, _Dick, always follow your dreams,_ and gave him $300 from her savings. He rented a storefront and opened the first Dick's as a small bait & tackle fishing
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