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Bass Pro's store in Little Rock, Ark., will be next to a lake in the Gateway Town Center development.Rendering provided by BASS PRO SHOPS
Bass Pro's store in Little Rock, Ark., will be next to a lake in the Gateway Town Center development.

Rendering provided by BASS PRO SHOPS

Bass Pro announces plans for Little Rock, Ark., store

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Officials with Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops announced this morning the outdoor retailer will be part of developer Tommy Hodges’ 169-acre Gateway Town Center development in Little Rock, Ark.

“We have reached a firm agreement and will start infrastructure work later this summer with the new 120,000-square-foot-store, expected to open in time for Christmas next year,” Hodges said in a Bass Pro news release.

The Gateway Town development, which also is slated to have an outlet mall, is located off Interstate 30 and Interstate 430, a highly traveled Arkansas intersection.

“We have been hoping for a store in Little Rock for a long time, and, thanks to Tommy Hodges, we believe we have found the best location possible,” Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris said in the release.

The Bass Pro store, which will be located next to a five-acre lake, is initially expected to generate at least 250 jobs, the release said. In addition to fishing, hunting, hiking and camping merchandise, there also will be a gift and nature center with outdoor related merchandise and furniture. Bass Pro’s plans also call for a Bradford Marine Center with a showroom featuring several boat lines, including Tracker, Nitro, Grizzly and Mako, the release said. Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, with dining and 12 lanes of bowling, also will be located in the store.

Bass Pro Shops operates 58 retail stores in 26 states, as well as a catalog and online sales division, according to the release.

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