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Monday, December 21, 2015

Memphis Bass Pro Shop In The Pyramid

Bass Pro Shops:

 Bass Pro Shop In The Memphis Pyramid, Memphis, TN

Bass Pro Shops (Outdoor World) is a privately held retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation merchandise, known for stocking a wide selection of gear.

Bass Pro Shops and Redevelopment:

Interior of the Pyramid on Bass Pro Shops' opening day
In October 2005, media speculation began to focus on an aquarium or a Bass Pro Shops superstore as the most likely long-term tenants of the arena. In 2008, the city and Bass Pro Shops reached a "tentative" agreement, short on details, but based on an intent to develop the then-abandoned structure. On June 30, 2010, after 5 years of negotiating, Bass Pro and the City of Memphis signed an agreement for a 55-year lease for a Bass Pro Shops megastore. In addition, the redevelopment plans include revitalizing the Pinch District, which is the neighborhood east of the Pyramid. The city invested $30 million to help with the seismic retrofitting of the structure which was funded by sales tax revenue in the surrounding area. Bass Pro began renovations and construction in October 2012 and opened to the public on April 29, 2015.

 Indoors at The Bass Pro Shop

In addition to the retail store itself, Bass Pro at the Pyramid is home to an archery range, shooting range, and laser arcade. The building also includes an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill with a bowling alley and a saltwater aquarium. The tallest freestanding elevator in America takes visitors to The Lookout at the Pyramid at the apex of the building, where they can take in the view on an indoor and outdoor observation deck or get a bite to eat at the "Sky High Catfish Cabin"; a restaurant, bar, and aquarium at the top of the building. At the base of the Pyramid is a 100-room hotel known as the Big Cypress Lodge. Bass Pro at the Pyramid contains 600,000 gallons of water features and the largest collection of waterfowl and hunting related equipment in the world.

 View of The Indoor Aquarium at Bass Pro Shop

One million people visited the Bass Pro Pyramid between the grand opening in April 2015 and July 8, 2015. Due in part to this large success, Bass Pro is considering adding a zip-line and a second hotel to the Pyramid.

 Night View From The Observation Deck Looking at the Mississippi River

Sunset From The Observation Deck

Downtown Memphis From The Pyramid, The Marriot and The Cannon Center

View Of A Fish in The Indoor Swamp

View Of Mud Island, The Wolf River Marina and the Mississippi River

Downtown Memphis From The Observation Deck Of Bass Pro

View Of Bass Pro Shop from Top Of Hernando-Desoto Bridge

More Fish In the Bass Pro Swamp

Working On Observation Deck Of Bass Pro Shop

Working On Bass Pro Shop

Close Up Shot Of Bass Pro Shops

View From Mississippi River

A Bear in the Swamp at Bass Pro Shops In Pyramid

Ducks On View In The Bass Pro Shops

Boats For Sale In The Bass Pro Shops Swamp

Customers Enjoying The Indoor Aquarium

Bass Pro Shops Night View

Indoor Grist mill and Gift Shop

Entrance To The Lookout at the Bass Pro Shops

The General Store Inside The Bass Pro Shops

The Elevator at Bass Pro Shops

View Of The "M" Bridge or Hernando Desoto Bridge

Another View Of The General Store

Time For Fudge At The General Store

The Lookout

Another Indoor View

View From I-40 Bridge

A View Of The Indoor Swamp and The Hotel Rooms in the Background

The Day Of The Grand Opening