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Lights return to Pyramid Arena

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The lights have returned to Memphis' Pyramid Arena.

The troubled monument has stood empty since Bob Seger played the last concert there in 2007. 

But on Wednesday, with the City of Memphis is making its final pitch to Bass Pro Shops, the Pyramid came back to life.

The outdoor retail giant is in town to perform an inspection of the Bluff City's most famous empty building.

On Wednesday, business owners in the area were enthusiastic about seeing the lights on.
"The Pinch District needs more traffic," said Jeff Schorr, owner of eatery Westy's.

Schorr has owned a restaurant on the spot since 1983. He has watched the Pyramid Arena open and close. 

"It affected us a few hundred-thousand dollars a year in sales," he said. "But we were here before the Pyramid and we're still here. But it makes a major difference."
The mayor's office declined comment, saying the city has no plans to jeopardize the Bass Pro deal.

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