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Panthers player mingles with fans during store’s grand opening

Fans galore

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post - Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis hands off a signed football to two young fans during an event at the newly opened Dick's Sporting Goods in Salisbury.

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post – Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis hands off a signed football to two young fans during an event at the newly opened Dick’s Sporting Goods in Salisbury.

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post - Fans look on as Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis signs autographs Saturday during an event at the newly opened Dick's Sporting Goods in Salisbury.

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post – Fans look on as Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis signs autographs Saturday during an event at the newly opened Dick’s Sporting Goods in Salisbury.

Carolina Panthers fans on Saturday filled into a newly opened Dick’s Sporting Goods on Julian Road to catch a glimpse of, snap a picture with or snag an autograph from linebacker Thomas Davis.

Davis spent two hours on Saturday meeting Panthers fans during the second of a Dick’s Sporting Goods’ three-day grand opening. Footballs, jerseys, T-shirts, pieces of paper and even artwork were on the list of things singed by Davis.

The Panthers are currently on a bye week and don’t have a game scheduled Sunday.

Fans of all ages waited in a line that snaked through the interior of the store, which sits in a retail complex called Shoppes at Summit. The complex is located adjacent to I-85’s exit onto Julian Road.

The Salisbury location of Dick’s Sporting goods is the 33rd store in North Carolina and the 633 in the U.S.

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