Bass Pro Shops to add a new St. Louis-area store next year

Gregory J. Holman
Springfield News-Leader
Bass Pro Shops announced Tuesday, Aug. 10 that a third St. Louis-area store would open in Sunset Hills in late 2022.

Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops announced Tuesday that it will add a third store to its operations in the St. Louis region.

Bass Pro said the new "Outpost," as it was dubbed on a rendering image released by the $6.5 billion company, is to be built in the south St. Louis County suburb of Sunset Hills. Census data show some 8,500 people live in Sunset Hills, which has a median household income of more than $100,000.

The 75,000-square-foot facility is to be located one mile from the intersection of I-270 and I-44. Company officials called it "a highly accessible location anticipated to attract new customers from throughout the region."

In a news release, company officials said the St. Louis area "is surrounded by some of the best fishing, hunting, boating, camping and outdoor recreation anywhere in the country" and is thus a great match for a new Bass Pro store.

Bass Pro already has two facilities in greater St. Louis: a store in St. Charles and a Cabela's location in Hazelwood.

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro founder, said in a written statement Tuesday, "We couldn’t be more thrilled to open a brand new store in our home state of Missouri."

Morris added, "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 and TRACKER Boats and ATVs."

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Bass Pro said the new store will be custom-designed, as are all of the company's locations. It is "envisioned as a tribute to the great sporting heritage of the region and a celebration of the sportsmen and women of Missouri."

The company said "construction crews and craftsmen will completely reimagine and redevelop former Toys “R” Us and Ross Dress for Less locations into a massive showroom for the outdoors."

A news release issued by the company teased several features of the new Sunset Hills Bass Pro: Customers will enter a "soaring glass entryway" filled with the latest boat models, off-road ATVs and other items.

Like Bass Pro's locations in Springfield, Branson, Kansas City and Columbia, the new Sunset Hills store "will offer equipment and clothing for all outdoor adventures, including hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping and other related outdoor gear."

It will include a "gift and nature center" selling outdoor-related items like lamps, dishes, bird feeders and furniture, and the store will also sell apparel.

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As with Bass Pro stores elsewhere, the Sunset Hills location will host "dozens" of community events each year to promote conservation, a cause frequently promoted by founder Morris.

The new store's landlord is Sansone Group, Bass Pro said.

"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 Grant Mechlin, a Sansone Group managing director.

The Shoppes at Sunset Hills development, which will contain the new Bass Pro store, comprises 100,000 square feet of retail space including the future Bass Pro as well as The Tile Shop and a Longhorn Steakhouse.

Across the street, the Plaza at Sunset Hills development includes retailers such as Home Depot, Petsmart, Old Navy, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, totaling more than 328,000 square feet of commercial space.

The new store is expected to create more than 100 jobs, Bass Pro said. The retailer said job information will be posted at basspro.com/careers when it becomes available.

Bass Pro did not disclose the cost of the new store in its announcement Tuesday. Company officials said no changes were planned to the two existing St. Louis-area stores.

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