BASS PRO SHOPS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 10TH FLORIDA STORE IN PALM BAY
Palm Bay, FL (January 9, 2013) — Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, will open a 112,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center store in Palm Bay, FL at the highly visible intersection of I-95 and Palm Bay Road.
“We have enjoyed a long relationship with Florida sportsmen,” stated Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops. “We opened our first Florida store in Ft. Lauderdale 15 years ago and our new Sportsman’s Center store will be dedicated to better serving the sportsmen of Florida’s central Atlantic coast area.”
“Palm Bay represents a prime location to serve saltwater coastal fishermen and the vibrant and expanding, freshwater fishing and hunting markets in this region. The upper St. John’s River offers some of the best bass fishing in the world. The nearby Stick Marsh Reservoir is also world famous for its great fishing. Fellsmere, Three Forks, and C-10 Reservoirs will open within the next 5 years offering another 25,000 acres to freshwater anglers and other recreational users,” Morris continued.
“Our new store will offer a broad selection of high quality gear at low prices and Bass Pro Shops associates’ friendly, expert service to the area’s sportsmen and women.” Bass Pro Shops will fast track re-development of 112,000 square feet of existing retail space at the high profile location. “We want to be open as soon as we can to serve hunters, anglers and all outdoor enthusiasts,” Morris concluded.
“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida are pleased to hear Bass Pro Shops is now opening a new store in the Palm Bay area! We already have a great working relationship with Bass Pro Shops, from support for our youth conservation programs to our exciting new TrophyCatch program promoting catch and release of trophy bass in Florida. They have always been a pleasure to work with and continue to show outstanding leadership and support for fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation in Florida. Bass Pro Shops has been an enthusiastic and innovative conservation partner with FWC, and now that they are in Palm Bay it will only help make our working relationship in Florida that much stronger. Welcome to Palm Bay” stated Nick Wiley Executive Director of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Unique exterior and interior motifs that have branded Bass Pro Shops as visually appealing, high-quality outdoor stores. The outdoors feel is brought indoors through large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species as well as extensive collections of museum quality fish and wildlife mounts. Historic photos and exhibits will pay tribute to Florida’s great outdoor heritage.
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. There are over one million people within the 50 mile radius of the Palm Bay store and millions more outdoor enthusiasts who visit.
“Mayor William Capote said, “The City of Palm Bay welcomes Bass Pro Shops® to our community! As one of the premier outdoor retailers in North America, Bass Pro Shops® will strongly compliment Palm Bay’s fishing and boating venues as well as the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in Brevard and Indian River Counties. Bass Pro Shops® is routinely recognized for their environmental stewardship and they will be a great fit with Brevard County’s conservation initiatives, environmental education and outdoor recreation activities. Retail Info Systems News ranks Bass Pro Shops® among the “Top 10 Retailers that Shook the World.” Palm Bay is so proud Bass Pro Shops® has recognized our community as a place where their creative and unique business model will be very successful.”
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.
Bass Pro Shops manufactures and sells the world’s leading brands of fishing boats--Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako factory direct to fishermen. Bass Pro Shops is also the No. 1 dealer in the U.S. for Arctic Cat ATV’s and UTV’s.
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.
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 200 jobs which will be offered to the many outdoor enthusiasts in the Palm Bay 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.