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Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center in Port St. Lucie salutes area’s diverse landscapes
October 7, 2013
New outdoors store celebrates the best of south Florida
Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center in Port St. Lucie salutes
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie, which is located in the heart of Florida’s treasure coast, is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities thanks to its 21 miles of beaches and more than 10,000 acres of parks and preserves. Bass Pro Shops’ Sportsman’s Center in Port St. Lucie, which opens Oct. 23, will outfit those who enjoy Florida’s natural resources in a store that perfectly reflects the Sunshine State’s landscapes and lifestyles.
The new 87,000-square-foot Port St. Lucie Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center, located at 2250 Gatlin Boulevard, is a tribute to south Florida, and it offers something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s camping, fishing, hunting, boating, and more. It is scheduled to open Wednesday evening, Oct. 23, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.
The store’s imagery, murals, and displays reflect the region’s varying geography, wildlife and waterfowl. From palmetto and pine forests to mangrove-lined estuaries; saltwater marshes to unspoiled beaches; from deer and hogs, bobcats and turkeys, ducks and cranes, ibis and heron—all find their place inside the store.
Bass Pro Shops – Store, Museum, Art Gallery, Entertainment and More
Using many area artifacts, antiques, period pictures, state record wildlife mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of the region and its hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.
Learn About Bass Pro Shops Dedication to Conservation
The Conservation Partner Wall, which is located near the checkouts at the Port St. Lucie Sportsman’s Center, reflects that commitment to conservation with a display showcasing the logos of national conservation groups that Bass Pro Shops partners with.
“The people of our company believe very strongly that the future of our industry, the sports we serve, and the sports we personally enjoy are absolutely more dependent upon how we manage our natural resources than anything else,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “It is far more important than any catalog we mail, any new store we open, or any new product our vendor creates.”
Decorating With Nature in Mind
• A wall in the camping department depicts a wooded shoreline along Lake Okeechobee.
Reef fish appear to swim around an old Spanish shipwreck in a display in the marine department.
A 13,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is a focal point of the store and features a backdrop of men fishing from a boat in the bay. On the bank, mangrove outcroppings provide fish structure and shelter. The aquarium will be stocked with more than 150 fish native to the area such as bonefish, grouper, pompano, permit, snook, crevalle jack, yellowtail snapper and more.
Wildlife Exhibits Showcase South Florida Species
The waterfowl of south Florida are represented as well in exhibits displaying mallards, pintails, scaup and fulvous whistling-duck. Frigate, heron, white egret and roseate spoonbill are also featured.
Bass Pro Shops’ dedication to detail is evident wherever visitors look as artisans work to create a visual style unique to that store, including handcrafted ornate iron railings, sconces and more.
The Merchandise Matches Local Shoppers’ Needs
The White River Fly Shop, featuring antique and collectible fly fishing memorabilia, has a vast selection of the latest in fly fishing gear. Experts will continue the art of hand-tying flies on site and assist customers in making the perfect selection.
In the hunting department, customers will find an equally impressive array of hunting clothing and gear while the archery department offers a bow set-up shop.
More than a hunting and fishing store, visitors also will find items perfect for camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, bird watching or whatever their outdoor pleasures may be. A gift and nature center offers a variety of items such as:
A wide selection of men’s and women’s footwear and apparel, featuring popular brands including Columbia, World Wide Sportsman and RedHead, are also available.
The marine and boat center displays a full range of boats from Tracker Marine, the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats. From big water boats to small fishing boats, canoeing and even kayaking, customers will find exactly what they need to have fun on the water with selections from Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Sun Tracker, Mako and more. An on-site, state-of-the-art boat service center with three service bays also will be available for customers’ convenience for boat rigging as well as a full-time master service technician. In addition, Bass Pro Shops is the nation’s leading Arctic Cat® dealer.
Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center has hired 250 associates from the Port St. Lucie area. In addition, the store will offer free outdoor skills workshops for adults, kids and families that will help maximize outdoor fun by teaching new skills and improving existing ones.
A special Evening for Conservation to help benefit area conservation groups will take place the night before the official grand opening. This exciting, celebrity-packed event is free and open to the public. Information regarding this event will be available soon. Click here for more information regarding the Port St. Lucie Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center .
*Photos courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.
Suggested captions: Image 1: Debbie Waterman and Peggy Stephen proudly display their triple tail catch, 1958. Image 2: Boy with his dog and deer--Ocala National Forest, Florida, 1948.
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