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Nobody’s talking about the Dick’s Sporting Goods store bound for Casper’s Eastridge Mall.

Mall management isn’t talking. Neither is the sporting goods chain.

But the signs say it’s coming: actual, physical signs at the mall pointing the way to Wyoming’s first Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Also saying yes: a March-dated leasing map of the mall on its website, which lists Dick’s as under construction.

The sporting goods retail store is bound for the mall’s south wing, which is anchored by a Sears department store. The store would sit between Target and Sears on the wing’s east side.

Mall general manager Dustin Cox referred questions to Dick’s, which refused comment when first questioned in December about rumors of a new store and didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The chain’s Casper location would be its first in Wyoming. Dick’s Sporting Goods doesn’t have stores in South Dakota or Montana, but does operate two in Idaho, three in the Omaha, Neb., area, four in Utah and a string of 13 stores along the Interstate 25 corridor in Colorado.

The move into the Casper market probably wouldn’t surprise Dick’s investors. Its annual statement released March 11 touted the stores the company opened last year and said it expects to open about 40 new stores in 2013.

Dick’s operates 518 stores in 44 states. Dick’s Sporting Goods also operates the Golf Galaxy store chain.

The chain offers an assortment of brand-name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear.

Dick’s was founded in 1948 by 18-year-old Dick Stack in Binghamton, N.Y., the company states on its website.

Young Dick quit his job at a army surplus store after its manager disparaged his ideas for fishing tackle products to carry. Stamp’s grandmother dug $300 out of her life savings stored in a cookie jar and told him to open his own bait and tackle store. A decade later he had expanded to additional sporting goods.

Ed Stack, Dick Stack’s son, is the current chief executive of the publicly traded company.

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Reach Jeremy Fugleberg at 307-266-0623 or jeremy.fugleberg@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom/ and follow him on Twitter: @jerenergy.

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