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BASS PRO SHOPS ANNOUNCES MEGA OUTDOOR STORE IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY—“GATEWAY TO FLORIDA”
Serving Jacksonville-- 4th Largest Trade Area in Florida
St. Johns County, FL — Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, will open a 104,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World® store in St. Johns County, Florida to serve the Jacksonville area--the 4th largest trade market in Florida.** The new destination store will be located directly on I-95, 17 miles south of I-10 and I-95, at the new 9B and I-95 Interchange in North St. Johns County--a very high-profile site owned by Gate Petroleum Company. Some 88,000 peak hour trips per day will pass in front of the new store site. The store will be situated within a 40 acre area that includes a 14- acre lake that will be managed for trophy bass and youth and community events.
In addition to being the world’s leading supplier of premium fishing tackle, Bass Pro Shops is also America’s leading supplier of hunting gear and the top retailer of Bowtech and PSE archery equipment.
Bass Pro Shops also manufactures and sells the world’s leading brands of fishing boats--Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako factory direct to fishermen.
More than just a fishing and hunting store, Bass Pro Shops offers equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more. A gift and nature center will serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items, from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.
“We’re excited to open a store in St. Johns County on I-95—the ‘Gateway to Florida’,” stated Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops. “The new Bass Pro Shops Jacksonville Outdoor World® will be an outdoor destination store that offers a broad selection of high quality gear at Bass Pro Shops’ low prices and famous friendly, expert service to area sportsmen and women as well as the millions of visitors to the Jacksonville area each year.”
“It’s a beautiful site and we believe we have found the absolute best retail location in the Jacksonville area to build a new super outdoor store. We are very grateful for the support of everyone at Gate Petroleum, St. John’s County and Governor Rick Scott for this wonderful opportunity,” Johnny Morris concluded.
“We are extremely pleased to have a partner such as Bass Pro Shops choose to make a Gate property their first entry into the North Florida market,” said Herbert Peyton, Chairman and Founder of Gate Petroleum Company. “We are proud to have Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops, bring the hard fought success of his family- owned business to our community. This is a hopeful sign for the economy of our area,” Peyton continued.
“We were all encouraged by the long awaited 9B / I-95 interchange being awarded this past August by the FDOT, said Cyndi Stevenson, St. Johns County Commissioner. “And now there could be no better example of the economic opportunities this major transportation improvement can bring to our State than this announcement by Bass Pro Shops. We are honored to welcome such a prestigious corporate partner to St. Johns County. Bass Pro’s reputation for providing quality products and services will be a perfect fit for our community, their presence will enhance environmental tourism, and their programs will serve as a strong stewardship resource for our region,” Stevenson added.
LONG HISTORY OF SUPPORTING CONSERVATION IN FLORIDA AND BEYOND
Bass Pro Shops is proud to be the lead sponsor of the new Florida TrophyCatch program and looks forward to continuing to partner with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida on youth education/outreach and fisheries enhancement efforts. Johnny Morris is the inspirational leader for Conservation initiatives at Bass Pro Shops and was recently recognized by the state of Florida and the other 49 Fish and Wildlife Agencies through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as the Citizen Conservationist of the year. Bass Pro Shops is the all time leading donor of the National Wild Turkey Federation and is a significant contributor to many other fish and wildlife conservation efforts.
The store will initially generate approximately 250 jobs which will be offered to the many outdoor enthusiasts in the Jacksonville area.
Bass Pro Shops will host over 120 million people visiting its 77 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada this year.
FAMOUS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, Bass Pro Shops was one of only eight retailers in America named a J.D. Power Customer Service Champion, based on customer service excellence. Bass Pro Shops has also been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts as well as for what they do to support our military men and women. Bass Pro Shops was recently named by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands in America along with name brands such as Old Spice, M&M’s, iPad® and Droid.
Bass Pro Shops’ award-winning, outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education while delivering unmatched value and service to customers. The average customer stays 2½ hours and drives an average distance of over 50 miles.
Unique exterior and interior motifs have branded Bass Pro Shops as visually appealing, high-quality outdoor stores. The outdoors feel is brought indoors through massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species as well as an extensive collection of museum quality fish and wildlife mounts. Historic photos and exhibits will pay tribute to Florida’s great outdoor heritage.