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April 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Bass Pro Shop opening huge store in Tacoma by summer of 2014

i-1033557Pacific Northwest anglers, hunters and outdoorsmen will soon have another place to shop.

The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World – founded in Springfield, Missouri – plans to open a 170,000 square-foot store in the early summer of 2014 off I-5 and 72nd Street in Tacoma.

A spokesman for the company says the theme and gear sold at the store will be geared toward fisheries and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

“All of us at Bass Pro Shops are excited to have the opportunity to open a super outdoor store at this premier site in Tacoma in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and to be a part of this exciting community,” Johnny Morris, founder off Bass Pro Shops and former pro bass angler said in a news release. “The area’s proud history of great fishing and hunting traditions make it an ideal location. We are eager to bring Bass Pro Shops’ low prices and famous friendly, expert service to the region’s many sportsmen and women and their families.”

The company has 77 stores with eight opening this year in the United States and Canada.

BPS logo 2011

In the news release the store plans to have more than fishing and hunting gear. It will also offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more.

There will also be a gift and nature center selling items like lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. The store will have a boat shop equipped with Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats built by the Tracker Marine Group.

It will also have an eatery the Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill with appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers.

The inside of the massive store will be built with log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species, plus fish and wildlife mounts, and photos and exhibits related to the local area.

No date has been set yet for groundbreaking. For details, go to www.basspro.com.

(Photo and image courtesy of Bass Pro Shops, and pictured is the Bass Pro Shop store front in Mantecta, California.)

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