Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s announced plans to open a new store in Sunset Hills, MO. The 75,000-square-foot store will be the outdoor retailer’s third location in the St. Louis region.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to open a brand new store in our home state of Missouri,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “The St. Louis area is home to incredibly passionate sportsmen and women who love the outdoors as much as we do, and we’re excited to expand our ability to serve them while showcasing our iconic outdoor brands including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Tracker Boats and ATVs.”
The store, located one mile from the intersection of I-270 and I-44, will open in a former Toys “R” Us and Ross Dress for Less location sometime in the second half of 2022.
Like all Bass Pro Shops locations, the new store will feature a completely unique custom design. The store will be envisioned as a tribute to the sporting heritage of the region and a celebration of the sportsmen and women of Missouri.
Customers will enter a soaring glass entryway. An airy grand entrance lobby showered in natural light will showcase the retailer’s boat brands including Tracker, Nitro, Sun Tracker, Regency and Tahoe boats built by Bass Pro’s White River Marine Group, manufacturer of America’s favorite fishing boats. Many of the brands are proudly built in Missouri. In addition, the new location will display a wide assortment of new Tracker Off Road ATVs and side-by-side vehicles.
More than just a fishing and hunting store, the retail destination will offer equipment and clothing for all outdoor adventures, including hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, and other related outdoor gear. A gift and nature center will feature a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s apparel sections will offer a wide assortment of brands including RedHead, TrueTimber, ASCEND, Worldwide Sportsman, Bob Timberlake and Natural Reflections, along with popular national brands such as Columbia, North Face, Under Armour and more for greater selection, quality and value.
Bass Pro Shops locations feature a large aquarium and water features stocked with native fish species, thousands of local antiques and artifacts, hundreds of trophy fish and wildlife mounts, and murals depicting local scenes.
Celebrating conservation and community
Conservation, another Morris trademark and signature company value, will play an important role in the store’s mission. The new location will host dozens of events throughout the year aimed at connecting new audiences – and particularly children – to the outdoors.
Hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities will be offered such as “Gone Fishing,” an annual event which aims to introduce families to fishing through catch-and-release ponds, casting games and free fishing seminars with the goal of creating the next generation of conservationists. More than 100,000 kids caught a fish at Bass Pro Shops events last year alone, many for the first time. The store will also support local conservation organizations that protect wildlife and habitat.
Grant Mechlin and Mark Kornfeld, managing directors at Sansone Group, are leading the project on behalf of the Landlord.
“Sansone Group has been heavily invested in the City of Sunset Hills for many years and is excited to help bring this preeminent retailer to this great community,” said Mechlin.
“Bass Pro Shops will greatly complement the surrounding retail and make this city a regional destination for years to come,” Kornfeld added.
Bass Pro Shops is expected to employ more than 100 “Outfitters” at its new Sunset Hills location, many of whom will come from the local region. Last year, Forbes ranked the outdoor brand as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
Photo courtesy Bass Pro/Cabela’s