Bass Pro has signed a lease to open a 200,000-square-foot store in Sayreville, NJ. The planned location will be the company’s largest in the Northeast and second biggest overall.

ONeill Properties Group said the store is scheduled to open in 2013.

“We are excited to be a part of this project with our largest store in the Northeast,” Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris said in the statement. “Our initial search was for a 150,000-square-foot location, but we concluded that the demand for high-end retail in the region is far greater than originally anticipated.”

The press release said the facility will be the size of five football fields, with expansive aquariums, waterfalls and museum-quality fish and wildlife dioramas on-site, along with a huge selection of outdoor gear.

The outdoor store is expected to be the first of many high-end retailers to locate on the 453-acre site that spans three miles along the Raritan River.

Bass Pro Shops will be included in The Landing, which represents the first phase of The Point development.

Bass Pro Shops has 56 stores in 26 states and Canada, with over 110 million visitors annually.

The Point is a planned 8-million-square foot-development that is slated to include a 3 million square foot mall and entertainment district. The plans also include 2,000 high-end residential units, 650,000 square feet of office space, hotels and two luxury marinas. The plan also includes waterfront dining, a community center, bike trails, walking paths and an open-space area.

“The Point will be a pedestrian friendly community providing visitors and residents alike with a lifestyle experience unequaled in the tri-state area,” said Brian ONeill, founder and chairman of ONeill Properties Group. “Moreover, it will generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue.”

“Leading retailers such as Bass Pro Shops are once again moving forward to complete significant deals, but only in areas that are ideally positioned for them. Sayreville is one of those bull’s-eyes in their sights,” ONeill Senior Vice President James Savard said.