ROUND ROCK, Texas-- Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, will locate the company’s seventh Texas store in Round Rock near Austin. The 104,000-square-foot store will be located at I-35 between County Road 111 and east Chandler Road. It will feature the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.
“We are excited to announce our seventh store in Texas at this premier site and for the opportunity to be a part of this great community,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “It’s a highly visible location and easy to get to. We look forward to serving the many area sportsmen and women as well as those who visit Austin each year. They can expect Bass Pro Shops’ great selection, low prices and friendly, expert service.”
The area boasts a population of 1.9 million people and in the last 10 years, it has seen an incredible 39 percent growth rate within a 50-mile radius. In fact, Round Rock was ranked the second fastest growing city- according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, and the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos market was named in “America’s 20 Fastest Growing Cities” by Forbes in 2013. Texas itself ranks number one in the number of hunters and is second only to Florida in the number of anglers according to the 2013 Sportsmen Economic Impact for Texas. http://www.sportsmenslink.org/uploads/page/Texas-Factsheet.pdf
"This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the citizens and taxpayers of Round Rock,” said Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw. “I can't wait until the day it opens!"
Bass Pro Shops’ award-winning outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. More than just a fishing and hunting store, Bass Pro Shops stores offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more. A gift and nature center also will serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Their expansive boat showroom will feature Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats built by Tracker Marine Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats.
The Round Rock Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will feature the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill. This nautical-themed center is located within the store and features a unique design geared for family fun and dining. There will be 12 lanes, offering customers the chance to bowl ‘in the ocean.’ Casual family dining will be available in the Grill where customers can dine on a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers.
Bass Pro Shops’ lodge-like exteriors and outdoor-themed interiors make them popular with customers. 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 pay tribute to the region's great outdoor heritage.
Bass Pro Shops will host more than 116 million people visiting their 77 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada this year. The average customer stays two and a half hours and drives an average distance of 50 plus miles. 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. Also, Bass Pro Shops has been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts, as well as being named by J.D. Powers & Associates as one of the top eight retailers in America for customer service excellence.