The Memphis Pyramid, one of America's best known icons, will now be home to Bass Pro Shops, one of America's best known outdoor retailers.
Millions of people used to come to the 32 story, stainless steel Pyramid to see basketball games and attend concerts. In the near future, millions will come again but this time they will enter the glass doors of the Pyramid and be greeted by a huge Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail store, restaurant, aquarium, waterfall, and other water features as well as a yet to be decided hotel and museum. Outside, plans are for a marina on the banks of the mighty
Preliminary design concepts are still being formulated but include the possibilities of reactivating the observation tower at the top of the Pyramid, utilization of the giant scoreboard for customers to view NASCAR coverage and outdoor videos, and an education/performance center that could be used for community events and concerts.
The project will be a regional destination with high entertainment features for everyone to enjoy and will create very significant public interest once again to this area of
"It is with considerable excitement that the City of
Bass Pro Shops' unique, award-winning, outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education.
"Bass Pro Shops is the perfect compliment to the business development we are experiencing in the downtown, uptown area," commented Robert Lipscomb, Director of Housing and Community Development, City of
"This project will be to unlike anything we have ever done," stated Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale. "It is a tremendously exciting opportunity for our company and allows us to feature unique components not seen in any of our other stores while at the same time paying tribute to the wonderful outdoor heritage of this region."
Starting with just 8 feet of retail space in a small store in
Bass Pro Shops stores are much more than just a retail 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, water features, and aquariums stocked with native fish species. The attention to the finest detail from wildlife tracks in the concrete, to wildlife carvings on logs and rafters is what helps add 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 great outdoor heritage of the region. Laser galleries, climbing walls, archery ranges, NASCAR shops and more add to the family entertainment.
The store will also include an expansive boat showroom featuring a complete selection of Tracker, Nitro and Tahoe boats built by Tracker Marine Group- the world's largest manufacturer of fishing boats.
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 outdoor retailer in
Outdoor education is also a key component to Bass Pro Shops 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 various groups, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as school and church groups, and others on field trips to Bass Pro Shops stores to learn about the great outdoors in the comfort of the great indoors of Bass Pro Shops.
More than just a fishing and hunting store, Bass Pro Shops will also offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, 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.
Known for their great customer service, Bass Pro Shops is expected to hire approximately 300-400 passionate outdoor enthusiasts from the area. Employment information is available in the career opportunity's section of www.basspro.com.