This Hunting Mega-Store Has a Pistol Range, a Hotel, and an Alligator Swamp
Founded in 1972, Bass Pro Shops operates 92 stores in the U.S. and Canada, selling everything from fishing rods to ammo and duck decoys. A 535,000-square-foot outlet, built inside a giant pyramid in Memphis, opens on April 29.
The 32-story glass-and-steel pyramid opened in 1991 and was briefly home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The retrofit for Bass cost $191 million, according to Memphis’s Commercial Appeal. It houses a pistol range, hotel, and cypress swamp with live alligators.
The superstore is the brainchild of chain owner Johnny Morris, who’s worth more than $2 billion.
This Hot Shot deluxe ghillie suit, for hunting in heavy foliage, costs $99.99.
In a storage area behind the hunting section, decorations await their placement for opening day.
Inside the megastore is a duck-hunting museum, with rare guns not for sale. This wolf is one of hundreds of taxidermied animals in the store.
Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill features a 13-lane bowling alley.
The Big Cypress Lodge offers visitors rooms that overlook the retail floor.
The duck hunting museum includes identification kiosks, habitat models, decoys, firearms and, of course, taxidermy.