With four new stores opened in the third quarter, the chain hascompleted its fiscal 2007 expansion plans of 15 new stores. GolfGalaxy now operates 65 units in 24 states.

"We continue to execute our store expansion plan and believesignificant opportunity exists for the Golf Galaxy brand inexisting and new markets," said Randy Zanatta, president and CEO,in the announcement. "Specifically, we believe there are tremendousexpansion opportunities in the high-population, year-round golfingareas of the United States including the California, Arizona andFlorida markets."

Golf Galaxy will operate as a separate division ofPittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods when the $225-million dealcloses, whihc is expected to be in February.

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