(WMC-TV) - It may still look like the Pyramid on the outside, but seven years and many meetings later, Bass Pro Shops will begin putting the final touches on their new super store.
City leaders celebrated Thursday by taking Action News 5 inside.
Bass Pro Founder Johnny Morris received the key to Memphis at the celebration. It's a key that symbolizes the company's final phase of construction at the Pyramid for a store that will be unlike any of Bass Pro's 53 other locations.
"The uniqueness of this store is our affiliation with Ducks Unlimited and we plan at this store to make it the ultimate water fowl hunting center in the country," said Morris.
Despite all of the work that is already done, it is tough to imagine what Mayor A C Wharton describes as a hunting, fishing, and sporting paradise emerging inside the Pyramid.
Right now, water features, a restaurant, marina, and a three story hotel exist as artist renderings. But city leaders got a taste of the planned bowling alley at the celebration.
"It's just going to give downtown Memphis a major facelift. It's going to be a major tourist attraction and I don't think Memphis is really aware of just how big this store could be," said Bill Dance, famous fisherman.
Not all of the Memphis City Council members are outdoorsmen but some say Bass Pro is exactly what they were hunting for.
"All I see is economic development, jobs, things that will bring things to the city," said Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr.
After seven years, city officials are finally able to assure the public that Bass Pro is committed to Memphis.