Construction underway for Bass Pro Shop

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Getting construction started on the Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock has taken some time. Its developer said it's been years of challenges, including a sluggish land and housing market, that has delayed the process.

    But, now, Tommy Hodges says the dynamics are here: Timing, Location, and Revenue.

    "It will be huge for Arkansas. We'll draw from a hundred miles away. Plus there are a 100,000 cars a day going up and around the front door here," said Hodges, a Bass Pro Shop developer.

    Hodges said he's owned the land, at the Otter Creek exit of Interstate 30 near I-430, for about 12 years; he sold a portion off to First Security Bank which will sit directly in front of Bass Pro.

    Bass Pro purchased the 29.3-acre site from Town Center LLC, led by Hodges.

    The 120,000 square foot facility in Little Rock is set to open in November. Among its typical outdoor attire and equipment, it will also feature an aquarium and six-acre lake.

    While many Bass Pro Shops do have extensive layouts, Hodges said this one will have a little extra since it is, of course, in The Natural State.

    '"I think it'll be mostly for kids and training, education and fishing," Hodges anticipates.

    In addition to creating a unique shopping and entertainment venue, the addition will also create about 250 jobs and about $10-$12 million a year in sales and property taxes.

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