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Pittsburgh, PA- July 7, 2005-Bass Pro Shops, America's Great Outdoor Store, has announced they are looking at the opportunity to open their second Pennsylvania store on 210 acres of land southwest of Pittsburgh that they would also self develop into a destination mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

The huge outdoor development would be located at the intersection of I-79 and Racetrack Road in Washington County if several key factors are achieved.

"Development in the Washington County region can be complex. The mining industry has presented certain challenges, and rezoning and infrastructure costs are paramount to our ability to move forward with this development," says Michael Dunham Bass Pro Shops Director of Real Estate.

A master plan could include a 200,000 to 250,000 square foot Adirondack lodge-style outdoor store with indoor boat showroom and restaurant. The outdoor themed development may also include indoor/outdoor shooting ranges, indoor/outdoor archery ranges, an ATV test track, a nature park, a sportsmen's lodge style hotel, and more. Bass Pro Shops would also develop supporting retail stores, restaurants, attractions and exhibits to compliment the outdoor attraction.

Bass Pro Shops stores typically employ over 300 passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Several hundred more would be needed for the entire development. The overall impact in jobs for the area could be in the thousands with the growth of additional businesses in the surrounding area. The resulting economic impact to the state and county could be in the millions of dollars.

Bass Pro Shops mega size outdoor stores are among the largest tourist attractions within the states they are located with several stores being their state's top tourist attraction. The company's 27 destination stores in 17 states across America and Canada currently attract over 75 million visitors annually from all over the United States as well as many foreign countries.

Starting with just 8 feet of space in a small store in Springfield, Missouri back in 1971, Bass Pro Shops began by offering a selection of the latest gear from the fledgling tournament fishing trail. Today, the name Bass Pro Shops is world renown. Recently named the #1 outdoor retailer in America by Sporting Goods Business Magazine, the company has also won numerous awards for their innovative store designs.

Bass Pro Shops stores are much more than just a store. The sights and sounds of the outdoors are brought indoors through museum-quality wildlife dioramas, huge murals and chandeliers depicting outdoor scenes, massive log and rock work, waterfalls and other water features, and aquariums stocked with native fish. The attention to the finest detail from deer and turkey tracks in the concrete, to fish and wildlife carvings on logs and rafters is what adds to the uniqueness of a Bass Pro Shops store.

A local theme can be felt throughout all Bass Pro Shops stores with use of artifacts and memorabilia from the area as well as historic photos of local outdoor enthusiasts that pay tribute to the outdoor heritage of the region. Laser arcades, climbing walls, NASCAR shops and more add to the family entertainment value of the store.

Known as a very conservation minded company, Bass Pro Shops provides major support to national and local organizations for their conservation projects and has received more awards for their conservation efforts than any other company in America.

Outdoor education is a key component to their strong commitment to our natural resources and the sportsmen and sportswomen who enjoy them. Weekly free outdoor skills workshops are offered at all stores for kids, women, novice adults and families. It is also not unusual to see Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, school and church groups, and others on field trips to Bass Pro Shops stores to learn about the great outdoors. Meeting rooms serve as education centers and are open to community groups for events.

Bass Pro Shops stores offer equipment and clothing for fishing, hunting, shooting sports, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor cooking and more. A gift and nature center will also serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. An expansive boat showroom will feature Tracker, Tahoe and Nitro boats, as well as Arctic Cat ATV's.

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